Definition of misdemeanour:
infraction, evil, decadence, misdemeanor, assault, depravity, offense, infringement, ravishment, rape, sin, immorality, enormity, wrong, intrusion, trespass, offence, usurpation, excess, villainy, iniquity, irreverence, encroachment, violation.
It simply means " misdemeanour," and may range from being unshaven on parade, or making a frivolous complaint about the potatoes at dinner, to irrevocably perforating your rival in love with a bayonet.- "The First Hundred Thousand", Ian Hay.
- "The Princess and Joe Potter", James Otis.
The present antagonism between theology and science does not arise from any assumption by the men of science that all theology must necessarily be excluded from science; but simply because they are unable to allow that reason and morality have two weights and two measures; and that the belief in a proposition, because authority tells you it is true, or because you wish to believe it, which is a high crime and misdemeanour when the subject matter of reasoning is of one kind, becomes under the alias of " faith" the greatest of all virtues, when the subject matter of reasoning is of another kind.- "Critiques and Addresses", Thomas Henry Huxley.