Definition of misdemeanor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmisdəˈmēnər/
(British misdemeanour)


1A minor wrongdoing: the player can expect a lengthy suspension for his latest misdemeanor
More example sentences
  • Because of the risk of fire, there was no heating of any kind and this was a rigorously male society; heavy fines were imposed for even minor misdemeanours such as talking loudly (rather like Scottish public schools used to be).
  • But with the exception of a visit to New York in September 2001, this book is just a series of anecdotes about caravans, blocked toilets, petty rows and minor misdemeanours in her car.
  • Children as young as 14 are also working illegally, while minor workplace misdemeanours are frequently met with corporal punishment or punitive wage reductions.
wrongdoing, evil deed, crime, felony;
misdeed, misconduct, offense, error, peccadillo, transgression, sin
informal no-no
archaic trespass, misdoing
1.1 Law A nonindictable offense, regarded in the US (and formerly in the UK) as less serious than a felony.
Example sentences
  • The fact that he pled guilty to a misdemeanor and not a felony, I believe, still is going to put him in some jeopardy with immigration.
  • Gradually the distinctions between felonies and misdemeanours were eroded by legislation.
  • A fourth violation results in a minor misdemeanor for the establishment and referral to the Ohio Department of Liquor Control.

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Syllabification: mis·de·mean·or

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