from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law One who has been convicted of a misdemeanor.
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- n. One who commits misdemeanors
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One guilty of a misdemeanor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who commits a misdemeanor; a person guilty of a petty crime.
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The issue was whether a domestic violence misdemeanant can be criminally convicted for possessing a gun if the jury decides that he poses no threat of violence, after the defendant raises the issue as an affirmative defense.
An analysis of good time allowances in Connecticut correctional facilities and the effects on misdemeanant and felon sentences (Research report of the Connecticut Department of Correction) by Donald M Parker
That venerable political firebrand had been adjudged guilty of contempt of court and had been sentenced to seven days 'imprisonment as a first-class misdemeanant.
He was, I understand, at one time a firstclass misdemeanant in Glencree reformatory.
And it was done, the transformation accomplished; his inability to refrain from interfering had encompassed his downfall, had changed a peaceable and law-abiding alien within British shores into a busybody, a trespasser, a misdemeanant, a-- yes, for all he knew to the contrary, in the estimation of the Law, a burglar, prime candidate for a convict's stripes!
There, to the humiliation and surprise of the Lintons, the lame little vagrant was discovered to be Miss Earnshaw, and her fellow-misdemeanant, "that strange acquisition my late neighbour made in his journey to Liverpool -- a little Lascar, or an American or Spanish castaway."
A first example of the influence more directly exercised by the new ideas in penal legislation is furnished by the proposal already realised in the penal laws of Holland, Italy, &c., of two parallel systems of punishment by detention -- one for the graver and more dangerous crimes, and the other, "simple detention," or custodia honesta ( "as a first-class misdemeanant"), for contraventions, involuntary offences, and crimes not inspired by the baser passions.
There was no doubt of the misdemeanant, for Buonespoir returned to De Carteret from St. Brieuc the gabardine of one of his retainers, in which he had carried off the stolen delicacies.
To be a "first-class misdemeanant" seems to me the height of happiness for a literary man.
Paul was, as we say, a kind of first-class misdemeanant, as Samuel Rutherford also was in his prison-palace in Aberdeen, and the Lady Robertland in Stewarton House; they had a liberty that was not to be despised; they had light and air and exercise; they were not in chains in the dungeon; they had pen and ink; they had books and papers, and their friends might on occasion visit them.