noun (plural -nies) Date: 14th century 1. an act on the part of a feudal vassal involving the forfeiture of his fee 2. a. a grave crime formerly differing from a misdemeanor under English common law by involving forfeiture in addition to any other punishment b. a grave crime declared to be a felony by the common law or by statute regardless of the punishment actually imposed c. a crime declared a felony by statute because of the punishment imposed d. a crime for which the punishment in federal law may be death or imprisonment for more than one year

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