Definition of first-degree in English:

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first-degree

adjective

[attributive]
1 Medicine Denoting burns that affect only the surface of the skin and cause reddening.
Example sentences
  • The corpsman said that a small third-degree burn might be difficult to recognize if it is located in an area of second- or even first-degree burn skin damage.
  • Thin or superficial burns (also called first-degree burns) are red and painful.
  • Scarring from first-degree burns and light second-degree burns may disappear within a few months.
2 Law , chiefly North American Denoting the most serious category of a crime, especially murder: he was convicted of first-degree murder
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  • He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.
  • Pennsylvania was the first U.S. state to abolish capital punishment for all crimes except first-degree murder.
  • I decided to present this case through a Broward County grand jury and they indicted him for first-degree murder as an adult.

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Syllabification: first-de·gree

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