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From Middle English felony, felonie, from Old French felonie (evil, immoral deed), from felon (evildoer). Ultimately of Proto-Germanic origin. More at felon.

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  • enPR: fĕ'lə-nē, IPA(key): /ˈfɛ.lə.ni/
  • (file)

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felony (plural felonies)

 
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  1. (US, law) A serious criminal offense, which, under United States federal law, is punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year or by death.

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