misdemeanor

Part of speech: noun

Misconduct; an offense less than a felony.

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Usage examples "misdemeanor":

  1. Beyond the visit which each freshman is obliged to make to his adviser in order to have his list of electives duly signed, there is nothing except misdemeanor to bring the two within the same horizon. - "An American at Oxford", John Corbin.
  2. The President has the legal power to do many acts which, if done in disregard of his duty, or for improper purposes, then the exercise of that power is an official misdemeanor. - "History-of-the-Impeachment-of-Andrew-Johnson-President-of-the-United-States-by-the-House-of-Representatives-and-his-trial-by-the-Senate-for-high-crimes-and-misdemeanors-in-office-1868", Ross, Edmund G. (Edmund Gibson).
  3. All the air of the world was declared to be free, and any one attempting to buy or sell this natural and indispensable product was guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by fines and heavy bonds. - "Life in a Thousand Worlds", William Shuler Harris.