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A major crime, the penalty of which is usually a stiff fine and/or imprisonment in a state penitentiary. Felonies are divided into several degrees that are classified according to the relative seriousness.

An example classification from the State of Pennsylvania:
1. Murder of the first degree. (Mandatory death or life imprisonment)
2. Murder of the second degree. (Mandatory life imprisonment)
3. Felony of the first degree. (20 years - $25,000)
4. Felony of the second degree. (10 years - $25,000)
5. Felony of the third degree. (7 years - $15,000)
6. Misdemeanor of the first degree. (5 years - $10,000)
7. Misdemeanor of the second degree. (2 years - $5,000)
8. Misdemeanor of the third degree. (1 year - $2,000)


Facade is the mask we put on in order to give others a false impression.
He has a graceful heart behind his facade of rudeness.

escrow holder

A third party, usually a company or the representative of a company, who acts as the stakes holder for a buyer and seller. Escrow holder acts as an agent for the buyer and seller.


A sale transaction wherein one person (usually the seller) delivers evidence of title to a third person to be held by the escrow holder until the happening of the performance of a prescribed condition (usually deposit of funds by a buyer), when the evidence of title is then delivered to the buyer.

:: Escrow in mortgages ::
Escrow concept is used in mortgages where the mortgage provider opens an escrow account to pay insurance and real estate tax throughout the mortgage.


In law, an entity is equal to an organization, corporation, partnership or person who might owe taxes. An entity is capable of entering into contracts and of being sued.


A skin colored makeup cream that is applied to the face to cover flaws and, sometimes, to change the natural skin tone. ('fond de teint' in French)


The basic concepts and principles of the moral philosophy and the right and wrong human conduct. The word is derived from the Greek word "ethikos" (ἠθικός).

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
--Albert Camus (French philosopher)


1. The termination of a law suit. (abatement of action)
2. A reduction of a tax assessment.
3. The removal of a nuisance.

Community service

Community service is work without payment for the benefit of local communities. It may be performed voluntarily, may be required by government instead of military service or may be required by courts instead of other forms of punishment, such as incarceration, fines, or probation.

When performed in return for crime, it may also be referred to as community restitution or community payback.

He was sentenced to 150 hours of community service for his crime.

Endangered species

A species of animal or plant that is seriously at risk of extinction due to loss of habitat (because of human activities or changes in climate) or loss of genetic variation.

The risk of extinction is considered and categorized by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). In 2018, the IUCN Red List featured 8455 animal and plant species as endangered worldwide.

The IUCN Red List
Most famous endangered species - Britannica
Endangered animals with encyclopedical information and photos

Food additives

Food additives are some artificial substances added to food to enhance its flavor or color or to preserve it. For example, white crystalline compound and nitrite are used as food additives to enhance flavor, salt is both a preservative as well as a flavor.

Food additives can be examined under several groups such as acidity regulators, antioxidants, food coloring, fortifying agents, flavors, preservatives, and etc.
A full list of food additives - Wikipedia

gap year

A year, taken by a student as a break between school and higher education.

She took a gap year to travel before coming to university.

Internet banking

Internet banking is a banking option that allows people to carry out money transfers and other banking processes 24 hours a day.

junk food

Food that is not healthy, especially contains lots of fat, salt, sugar, etc., but it is quick and easy to eat.

My kids aren't allowed to eat so much junk food.
She ate so much junk food that she became overweight and ill.

job satisfaction

A feeling of enjoyment that someone derives from their job.

Many workers are more interested in job satisfaction than in earning high

When I choose a career, job satisfaction is always the most important factor.

Online shopping

Online shopping is the activity of purchasing products or services over the Internet.

An increasing number of consumers are finding online shopping quite convenient to make purchases.

old age

1. Old age is the period of someone's life when they are old. You may consider it after 65 years old.
My parents have saved enough for their old age.

2. It also refers to state of being old.
My teacher doesn't like to travel much because of old age.
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