capital offense

Definition of "capital offense"
  1. A serious crime that may result in the death penalty, such as premeditated murder, rape with bodily harm, or treason
How to use "capital offense" in a sentence
  1. First-degree murder is considered a capital offense in many states.
  2. The charged individual committed a capital offense, facing the potential of the death penalty.
  3. If found guilty of treason, a capital offense, he could face the ultimate punishment.

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