fe·​lo·​ni·​ous | \ fə-ˈlō-nē-əs How to pronounce felonious (audio) \

Definition of felonious

1 archaic : very evil : villainous
2 : of, relating to, or having the nature of a felony felonious assault

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Other Words from felonious

feloniously adverb
feloniousness noun

Examples of felonious in a Sentence

the commission found that while the senator's actions were ethically questionable, they were not felonious
Recent Examples on the Web Quardarell Thornton, 28, is charged with first-degree felonious assault. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Warrant issued for man who stopped at McDonald’s between police chases in Cleveland," 23 Jan. 2020 He was indicted on two counts of felonious assault. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Woman suffers broken back, neck, elbow, ribs and collapsed lung after gas station attack," 22 Jan. 2020 The suspect is currently being held at the Macomb County Jail awaiting arraignment on two counts of armed robbery and felonious assault. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, "Police: Sterling Heights man caused crash with family, stole purse at gunpoint," 17 Jan. 2020 Deandre Michael Johnson, 26, is charged with felonious assault in the shooting that happened about midnight Thursday, Parma police said in a statement. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Parma police: Man fired several gunshots from his car at friend while she ran towards her apartment for safety," 10 Jan. 2020 Misty Camp, 25, faces multiple felonious assault charges in connection with the incident. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Three stabbed with pens at Mount Auburn women's shelter, one arrested," 7 Jan. 2020 The deputy who was burned and other law enforcement officers were in court when Brannon pleaded guilty to charges including aggravated arson and felonious assault. Washington Post, "Man pleads guilty to setting sheriff’s deputy on fire," 7 Jan. 2020 Brian Castro, 18, is charged with felonious assault. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Arrest made in shooting that wounded 11-year-old girl in West Price Hill," 26 Dec. 2019 The victim was subsequently transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for injuries sustained during the felonious assault. Dmitriy Shapiro, Detroit Free Press, "MSP: Man allegedly assaults paraplegic dad with hammer, threatens to cut off head," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of felonious

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jan 2020

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“Felonious.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/felonious. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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fe·​lo·​ni·​ous | \ fə-ˈlō-nē-əs How to pronounce felonious (audio) \

Legal Definition of felonious

: of, relating to, or constituting a felony felonious sale of cocaine

Other Words from felonious

feloniously adverb

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