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1. A misdeed.
2. Law A criminal offense that is less serious than a felony and generally punishable by a fine, a jail term of up to a year, or both.
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mis•de•mean•or(ˌmɪs dɪˈmi nər)
1. a criminal offense less serious than a felony.
2. an instance of bad behavior.
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An offense that is less serious than a felony.
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|Noun||1.||misdemeanor - a crime less serious than a felony|
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
breach of the peace, disorderly behavior, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the peace - any act of molesting, interrupting, hindering, agitating, or arousing from a state of repose or otherwise depriving inhabitants of the peace and quiet to which they are entitled
false pretence, false pretense - (law) an offense involving intent to defraud and false representation and obtaining property as a result of that misrepresentation
bearing false witness, lying under oath, perjury - criminal offense of making false statements under oath
sedition - an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government
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