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Definition of Felony

(noun) A crime that is considered quite serious, that is typically punishable by long-term imprisonment or death.

Examples of Felony

  • arson
  • murder

Felony Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈfɛləni/
    • British English
      • /ˈfɛləni/
  • Syllabification: (fel·o·ny)

Usage Notes

  • 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.

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Works Consulted

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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 October 15, 2019 (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 October 15, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/felony/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“felony.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 15 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/felony/>.