1 [fel-uhn]

1250–1300; Middle English fel(o)un wicked < Anglo-French; Old French fel (nominative), felun (oblique) wicked person, traitor, perhaps < Old Low Franconian *fillo, noun corresponding to Old Saxon fillian to ill-treat, whip, Middle Dutch villen to flay, Old High German fillen to beat, whip; cf. fell3

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2 [fel-uhn]
an acute and painful inflammation of the deeper tissues of a finger or toe, usually near the nail: a form of whitlow.

1375–1425; late Middle English felo(u)n < Medieval Latin fellōn- (stem of fellō) scrofulous tumor, of uncertain origin

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felon1 (ˈfɛlən)
1.  criminal law (formerly) a person who has committed a felony
2.  obsolete a wicked person
3.  archaic, poetic or evil; cruel
[C13: from Old French: villain, from Medieval Latin fellō, of uncertain origin]

felon2 (ˈfɛlən)
a purulent inflammation of the end joint of a finger, sometimes affecting the bone
[C12: from Medieval Latin fellō sore, perhaps from Latin fel poison]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. felon "evil-doer, scoundrel, traitor, rebel, the Devil," from M.L. fellonem "evil-doer," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Frank. *fillo, *filljo "person who whips or beats, scourger" (cf. O.H.G. fillen "to whip"); or from L. fel "gall, poison," on the notion of "one full of bitterness."
Another theory (advanced by Professor R. Atkinson of Dublin) traces it to L. fellare "to suck" (see fecund), which had an obscene secondary meaning in classical L. (well-known to readers of Martial and Catullus), which would make a felon etymologically a "cock-sucker." OED inclines toward the "gall" explanation, but finds Atkinson's "most plausible" of the others.
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felon fel·on (fěl'ən)
A purulent infection or abscess involving the bulbous distal end of a finger. Also called whitlow.

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Example sentences
My best friend turned out to be a felon later in life.
The two-time convicted felon stole the name, foes say.
Piazza also was charged with possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
He's picked up temporary and day-labor work, but has not landed a steady job
  due to the rough economy and his ex-felon status.
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