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English definition of “first-degree”


adjective [before noun]     /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 → Compare second-degree
(Definition of first-degree adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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