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English definition of “first-degree”

first-degree

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˌfɜːst.dɪˈɡri/ us    /ˌfɝːst-/ US
used to describe a crime that is the most serious of its type, especially because of being planned and intended: first-degree murder/felony/assault
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