misdemeanour

(redirected from Misdemeanours)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to Misdemeanours: misdemeanor, felony, Criminal offense, Petty crime

misdemeanour

a crime that was not punishable by death and forfeiture. See FELONY.
References in classic literature ?
Leandra's youth furnished an excuse for her fault, at least with those to whom it was of no consequence whether she was good or bad; but those who knew her shrewdness and intelligence did not attribute her misdemeanour to ignorance but to wantonness and the natural disposition of women, which is for the most part flighty and ill-regulated.
From time to time d'Urberville exhibited a sort of fierce distress at the sight of the tramping he had driven her to undertake by his misdemeanour.
Knowing that the English authorities dealt very severely with this kind of misdemeanour, he promised them a goodly sum in damages, and sent them forward to Calcutta by the next train.