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first-degreeadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˌfɜːst.dɪˈɡri/  us   /ˌfɝːst-/ US
used to ​describe a ​crime that is the most ​serious of ​itstype, ​especially because of being ​planned and ​intended: first-degree murder/​felony/​assault
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