The definition of a felony is a major crime with a minimum penalty of one year in prison.
Each type of felony is classified using a degree ranking. This degree ranking uses a letter or a number, and the rank determines how serious the crime is. These rankings usually differ from state to state; however, violent felonies are often considered more serious crimes than non violent crimes.
There are two different types of felonies:
After an individual is released from prison after committing a felony, he or she still suffers consequences from the government:
An example of felony is rape, arson, or kidnapping.
See felony in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. felonies
Origin: ME felonie < OFr < ML felonia, treason, treachery < felo, felon
See felony in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. fel·o·nies
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