noun (plural felonies)
The distinction between felonies and misdemeanors usually depends on the penalties or consequences attaching to the crime. In English common law, felony originally comprised those offenses (murder, wounding, arson, rape, and robbery) for which the penalty included forfeiture of land and goods
- The principal felonies were homicide, rape, theft, burglary, robbery and arson.
- California requires DNA sampling only from those convicted for violent felonies and some sex crimes.
- And the schedule is there, so your Honours can see how the felonies and misdemeanours were changed.
Middle English: from Old French felonie, from felon (see felon1).
Definition of felony in:
- The British & World English dictionary