misdemeanour


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misdemeanour

(ˌmɪsdɪˈmiːnə) or

misdemeanor

n
1. (Law) criminal law (formerly) an offence generally less heinous than a felony and which until 1967 involved a different form of trial. Compare felony
2. any minor offence or transgression
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.misdemeanour - 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
indecent exposure, public nudity - vulgar and offensive nakedness in a public place
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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misdemeanour

noun offence, misconduct, infringement, trespass, misdeed, transgression, misbehaviour, peccadillo She knew nothing about her husband's misdemeanours.
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Translations

misdemeanour

misdemeanor (US) [ˌmɪsdɪˈmiːnəʳ] Nfechoría f (Jur) → delito m menor, falta f
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misdemeanour

[ˌmɪsdɪˈmiːnər] misdemeanor (US) n
(= wrong action) → écart m de conduite
Emily knew nothing about her husband's misdemeanours → Emily ne savait rien des écarts de conduite de son mari
his financial misdemeanours (= wrongdoing) → ses délits financiers
(US) (= crime) → infraction f
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misdemeanour

, (US) misdemeanor
nschlechtes Betragen or Benehmen; (Jur) → Vergehen nt, → Übertretung f; she was guilty of a slight misdemeanour at the partysie benahm sich auf der Party leicht daneben
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misdemeanour

misdemeanor (Am) [ˌmɪsdɪˈmiːnəʳ] ninfrazione f, trasgressione f, misfatto
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References in classic literature ?
Leandra's youth furnished an excuse for her fault, at least with those to whom it was of no consequence whether she was good or bad; but those who knew her shrewdness and intelligence did not attribute her misdemeanour to ignorance but to wantonness and the natural disposition of women, which is for the most part flighty and ill-regulated.
From time to time d'Urberville exhibited a sort of fierce distress at the sight of the tramping he had driven her to undertake by his misdemeanour. She might in truth have safely trusted him now; but he had forfeited her confidence for the time, and she kept on the ground progressing thoughtfully, as if wondering whether it would be wiser to return home.
Knowing that the English authorities dealt very severely with this kind of misdemeanour, he promised them a goodly sum in damages, and sent them forward to Calcutta by the next train.
Her husband, however, upon this second misdemeanour, immediately sought and obtained a divorce, and, not long after, married again.
Mr Boffin took her down, and saw her driven away, with her poor little red eyes and weak chin peering over the great apron of the custard-coloured phaeton, as if she had been ordered to expiate some childish misdemeanour by going to bed in the daylight, and were peeping over the counterpane in a miserable flutter of repentance and low spirits.
It showed Pearl in an unwonted aspect Heretofore, the mother, while loving her child with the intensity of a sole affection, had schooled herself to hope for little other return than the waywardness of an April breeze, which spends its time in airy sport, and has its gusts of inexplicable passion, and is petulant in its best of moods, and chills oftener than caresses you, when you take it to your bosom; in requital of which misdemeanours it will sometimes, of its own vague purpose, kiss your cheek with a kind of doubtful tenderness, and play gently with your hair, and then be gone about its other idle business, leaving a dreamy pleasure at your heart.
Miller, who, not being quite so much absorbed as he ought to have been, contrived to commit various high crimes and misdemeanours, which excited the wrath of the fat gentleman to a very great extent, and called forth the good-humour of the old lady in a proportionate degree.
Wopsle's Roman nose so aggravated me, during the recital of my misdemeanours, that I should have liked to pull it until he howled.
[USA], June 11 (ANI): The man who is believed to have supplied singer Demi Lovato drugs that gave her a near-fatal overdose in July last year, is now facing three misdemeanour counts.
The case is before the Miami Dade County Court for arraignment - with the degree of one felony charge lowered and the other converted to a misdemeanour.
Article 88 stipulates that 'if a person against whom a final judgement has already been entered for a misdemeanour commits the same misdemeanour within five years, the maximum sentence of imprisonment incurred for the new misdemeanour shall be doubled'.
The initiative applies on suspects involved in misdemeanour cases of crimes such as bounce cheques, cursing/insulting, breach of trust, drinking alcohol, assault and petit embezzlements and thefts and other minor offences, he elaborated.