Definition of "misdemeanor" []

  • A misdeed. (noun)
  • Law An offense less serious than a felony. (noun)
  • (formerly) an offence generally less heinous than a felony and which until 1967 involved a different form of trial (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any minor offence or transgression (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "misdemeanor" in a sentence
  • "The term misdemeanor at the time was understood to mean a misuse of office."
  • "Metro 11, you are correct pragmatically that a high crime or misdemeanor is whatever the Congress says it is; but then you should not call whatever Clinton did “perjury.”"
  • "Other marijuana advocates praised the change made by the law as they pointed to the spike in misdemeanor marijuana arrests in the state in recent years."