Definition of misdemeanour in English:


Line breaks: mis|de¦mean|our
Pronunciation: /mɪsdɪˈmiːnə
(US misdemeanor)


  • 1A minor wrongdoing: the player can expect a suspension for his latest misdemeanour
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    • 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, criminal act; misdeed, misconduct, offence, violation, error, peccadillo, transgression, sin
    archaic trespass
  • 2 Law A non-indictable offence, regarded in the US (and formerly in the UK) as less serious than a felony: he pleaded guilty to misdemeanours
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    • 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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