Word of the DayMonday, December 12, 2011
\fuh-LOH-nee-uhs\ , adjective;
Wicked; base; villainous.
Law. Pertaining to, of the nature of, or involving a felony: as in, felonious homicide; felonious intent.
Now, there was much in your manuscript and the accompanying material which was evidence of indiscreet, and possibly criminal, and in some cases undeniably felonious behavior.
-- Richard S. Prather, The Cheim Manuscript
Felonious malfeasance. Jimmy, you never talked like that when you were a cop. The term is—crooked scams.
-- Jeff Sherratt, Six to Five Against
Felonious dates back to the the 1500s. The word felon is from the Old French meaning “villian” and the suffix -ous which applies a quality to a general sense, as in nervous or glorious.
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