Pronunciation: (fel'u-nē), [key]
—pl. -nies. Law.
1. an offense, as murder or burglary, of graver character than those called misdemeanors, esp. those commonly punished in the U.S. by imprisonment for more than a year.
2. Early Eng. Law.any crime punishable by death or mutilation and forfeiture of lands and goods.
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