first degree

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Noun1.first degree - a degree of one; "all of the terms in a linear equation are of the first degree"
degree - the highest power of a term or variable
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To escape death he would have done anything, and the police agents prepared him by assuring him that he could not possibly escape conviction of murder in the first degree when his trial came off.
The person ultimately appointed must be the object of his preference, though perhaps not in the first degree. It is also not very probable that his nomination would often be overruled.
Andrew of the First Degree, and a dinner had been arranged for the evening, given by a battalion of the French Guards to the Preobrazhensk battalion.
For Flask to have presumed to help himself, this must have seemed to him tantamount to larceny in the first degree. Had he helped himself at that table, doubtless, never more would he have been able to hold his head up in this honest world; nevertheless, strange to say, Ahab never forbade him.
The grand jury presently indicted Luigi for murder in the first degree, and Angelo as accessory before the fact.
I said we had eighty thousand convicts employed on the railways in America--all of them under sentence of death for murder in the first degree. That closed him out.
A contrite heart and ten nobles to holy mother Church may stave off perdition; but he hath a pardon of the first degree, with a twenty-five livre benison, so that I doubt if he will so much as feel a twinge of purgatory.
King Abdullah bestowed the Order of Al Istiqlal (Independence) of the First Degree on the World Islamic Sciences and Education University, in recognition of its contributions to countering extremism, and its social responsibility of training imams and preachers at the awqaf ministry, and teachers at the education ministry.
'No person, entity (body or corporate) in whatsoever name called shall discriminate and or undertake any action in any form whatsoever which is construed as and or intended to give any preferential treatment in favour and or against holders of First Degree or Higher National Diploma in the same field.'
Martin's attorney, Jill Evans, said the question before the Supreme Court is whether "the prosecution (was) barred by double jeopardy from retrying Appellant for first degree murder after a conviction of second degree murder in a prior trial?"
Battle, a co-conspirator, is charged with one felony count of first degree murder and three felony counts of attempted first degree murder.