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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
mis•de•mean•or /ˌmɪsdɪˈminɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Lawa criminal offense less serious than a felony.
  2. an instance of misbehavior.
Also,[esp. Brit.,]ˌmis•deˈmean•our. 
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
mis•de•mean•or  (mis′di mēnər), 
n. 
  1. Law[Law.]a criminal offense defined as less serious than a felony.
  2. an instance of misbehavior;
    misdeed.
Also,[esp. Brit.,]mis′de•meanour. 
Etymology:
  • mis-1 + demeanor 1480–90


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

misdemeanour, US misdemeanor /ˌmɪsdɪˈmiːnə/ n
  1. (formerly) an offence generally less heinous than a felony and which until 1967 involved a different form of trial
  2. any minor offence or transgression



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