To compound a felony
Compound Com*pound" (k[o^]m*pound"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Compounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Compounding}.] [OE. componen, compounen, L. componere, compositum; com-+ ponere to put set. The d is excrescent. See {Position}, and cf. {Compon['e]}.] 1. To form or make by combining different elements, ingredients, or parts; as, to compound a medicine. [1913 Webster]

Incapacitating him from successfully compounding a tale of this sort. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. To put together, as elements, ingredients, or parts, in order to form a whole; to combine, mix, or unite. [1913 Webster]

We have the power of altering and compounding those images into all the varieties of picture. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. To modify or change by combination with some other thing or part; to mingle with something else. [1913 Webster]

Only compound me with forgotten dust. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To compose; to constitute. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

His pomp and all what state compounds. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. To settle amicably; to adjust by agreement; to compromise; to discharge from obligation upon terms different from those which were stipulated; as, to compound a debt. [1913 Webster]

I pray, my lords, let me compound this strife. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To compound a felony}, to accept of a consideration for forbearing to prosecute, such compounding being an indictable offense. See {Theftbote}. [1913 Webster]


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  • To compound a felony — Felony Fel o*ny, n.; pl. {Felonies}. [OE. felonie cruelty, OF. felonie, F. f[ e]lonie treachery, malice. See {Felon}, n.] 1. (Feudal Law) An act on the part of the vassal which cost him his fee by forfeiture. Burrill. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compound a crime or felony — v. For an injured party to agree not to prosecute the person who has committed the crime against him or her in exchange for some payment. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • Compounding a felony — was an offence under the common law of England and was classified as a misdemeanour. It consisted of a prosecutor or victim of an offence accepting anything of value under an agreement not to prosecute, or hamper the prosecution of, a felony.[1]… …   Wikipedia

  • Felony — Fel o*ny, n.; pl. {Felonies}. [OE. felonie cruelty, OF. felonie, F. f[ e]lonie treachery, malice. See {Felon}, n.] 1. (Feudal Law) An act on the part of the vassal which cost him his fee by forfeiture. Burrill. [1913 Webster] 2. (O.Eng.Law) An… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Compound — Com*pound (k[o^]m*pound ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Compounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Compounding}.] [OE. componen, compounen, L. componere, compositum; com + ponere to put set. The d is excrescent. See {Position}, and cf. {Compon[ e]}.] 1. To form or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compound — is pronounced with stress on the first syllable as a noun and on the second as a verb. To compound a felony in law is to condone it in exchange for some consideration, and does not mean ‘to make (it) worse’. Note also that compound meaning ‘a… …   Modern English usage

  • felony — n. 1) to commit, perpetrate a felony 2) to compound a felony ( to waive prosecution in return for compensation ) * * * [ felənɪ] perpetrate a felony to commit to compound a felony ( to waive prosecution in return for compensation ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • compound —     News of a crop failure in the northern part of the country will only compound the government s economic and political problems (Times). Several authorities have deplored the use of compound in the sense of worsen, as it is employed above and… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • compound — I. adjective /ˈkɒmpaʊnd / (say kompownd) 1. composed of two or more parts, elements, or ingredients, or involving two or more actions, functions, etc.; composite. 2. Grammar (of a word) consisting of two or more parts which are also words,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • compound — compound1 [käm pound′, käm′pound΄; kəm pound′; ] for adj.usually & for n.always [, käm′pound΄] vt. [ME compounen < OFr compon(d)re, to arrange, direct < L componere, to put together: see COMPOSITE] 1. to mix or combine 2. to make by… …   English World dictionary

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