English version

capital offence/crime

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcapital offence/crimecapital offence/crimeSCLKILLan offence that is punished by death capital
Examples from the Corpus
capital offence/crimeLoss of privileges in peacetime; in war, a capital offence.The word from Lilongwe now is that Chihana will be charged with sedition, a capital offence.It is capital crime, and a black disgrace to the races of civilized mankind.No government has ever made abortion a capital crime or executed either a pregnant woman or an abortionist for murder.New capital crimes would include the use of firearms; hostage-taking; torture; sale of drugs to minors and racketeering.
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