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  • n. Plural form of misdemeanor.


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  • Forgery was not punished with death, unless the culprit was a slave; but freemen guilty of that crime were subject to banishment, which deprived them of their property and privileges; and false testimony, coining, and those offences which we term misdemeanors, exposed them to an interdiction from fire and water, or in fact an excommunication from society, which necessarily drove them into banishment.

    Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology For Classical Schools (2nd ed)

  • "High crimes and misdemeanors" is obviously a guidepost, indicating that the House shouldn't impeach over trivial matters.


  • Had the Founders wished the word misdemeanors to mean only petty crimes, they probably would not have put "high crimes" or "misdemeanor" into the Constitution, they would have just said "crimes."

    A Primer on Impeachment

  • Change the designation on serious crimes that are still classified as misdemeanors and make them felonies as they should be.


  • And Dole, himself, has opposed the Violence Against Women Act. I think yesterday they responded to questions about this in saying that they oppose the idea of misdemeanors

    Press Briefing By Mik Mccurry

  • All this constitutes a steady, systematic defense of insubordination and revolt; as, "under the name of hoarding and monopoly, commerce and industry are described as misdemeanors;" property is unsettled and every rich man rendered suspicious, "talent and integrity silenced."

    The French Revolution - Volume 2

  • Bellman said the reports of $1,000 fines were erroneous and apparently taken from another part of the ordinance that refers to misdemeanors such as public nudity.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • He said that the National Council had proposed that offenses under the proposal be classified as misdemeanors, punishable by one to less than three years in prison.

    The Christian Post RSS Feed | Opinion

  • The felony charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in jail and $5,000 fine; the maximum penalty for the misdemeanors is a year in jail and $1,000 fine. Stories

  • I have also come to the conclusion that there are crimes in the common law sense (thou shalt not), and there are violations of regulations which are classified as misdemeanors and felonies.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz


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