Misdemeanor
Misdemeanor Mis`de*mean"or, n. 1. Ill behavior; evil conduct; fault. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) A crime less than a felony. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]

Note: As a rule, in the old English law, offenses capitally punishable were felonies; all other indictable offenses were misdemeanors. In common usage, the word crime is employed to denote the offenses of a deeper and more atrocious dye, while small faults and omissions of less consequence are comprised under the gentler name of misdemeanors. --Blackstone. The distinction, however, between felonies and misdemeanors is purely arbitrary, and is in most jurisdictions either abrogated or so far reduced as to be without practical value. Cf. {Felony}. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Misdeed; misconduct; misbehavior; fault; trespass; transgression. [1913 Webster]


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