Definition for MIS-DE-MEAN'OR


  1. Ill behavior; evil conduct; fault; mismanagement. South.
  2. In law, an offense of a less atrocious nature than a crime. Crimes and misdemeanors are mere synonymous terms; but in common usage, the word crime is made to denote offenses of a deeper and more atrocious dye, while small faults and omissions of less consequence are comprised under the gentler name of misdemeanors. Blackstone.

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