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[fuh-loh-nee-uh s] /fəˈloʊ ni əs/
Law. pertaining to, of the nature of, or involving a felony:
felonious homicide; felonious intent.
wicked; base; villainous.
Origin of felonious
late Middle English
1375-1425; felony + -ous; replacing late Middle English felonous < Anglo-French, Old French
Related forms
feloniously, adverb
feloniousness, noun
nonfelonious, adjective
nonfeloniously, adverb
nonfeloniousness, noun
unfelonious, adjective
unfeloniously, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for felonious
  • My cases were not so extreme, though at the time they all seemed to me to be practically felonious.
  • One way to avoid the need for chases would be to track felonious vehicles electronically, instead of running after them.
  • Or, if necessary, something that might be considered felonious off the ice.
  • Writing philosophically about your own felonious behavior, to a college admissions board, might be considered a bold gesture.
  • The actors are silly but sweet, and their exploits are felonious but harmless, ultimately.
British Dictionary definitions for felonious


(criminal law) of, involving, or constituting a felony
(obsolete) wicked; base
Derived Forms
feloniously, adverb
feloniousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for felonious

mid-15c. (implied in feloniously), from felony + -ous. Replaced felonous (mid-14c.) by c.1600. Felonly (c.1300) was another variation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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