Definition of Felony
(noun) A crime that is considered quite serious, that is typically punishable by long-term imprisonment or death.
Examples of Felony
- American English – /fEl-uh-nee/
- British English – /fE-luh-nee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈfɛləni/
- British English – /ˈfɛləni/
- Plural: felonies
- Also called high crime.
- A (noun) felon is an individual that commits and is convicted of a felony for their (verb) felonious actions.
- Crime and Law Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “felony” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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Cite the Definition of Felony
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “felony.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 29, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/felony/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
felony. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/felony/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “felony.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 29, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/felony/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“felony.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 29 May. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/felony/>.