fe·​lo·​ni·​ous fə-ˈlō-nē-əs How to pronounce felonious (audio)
archaic : very evil : villainous
: of, relating to, or having the nature of a felony
felonious assault
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 Worley was then hit with additional charges, including aggravated murder, kidnapping and felonious assault. Allie Weintraub, ABC News, 27 Oct. 2023 To fill out the scorecard, the felonious former president has rolled up a rap sheet: In New York, for allegedly falsifying business documents to hush up his extramarital dalliances. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2023 And what did all the buyers, whether fancy or felonious, get? Curbed, 2 Oct. 2023 Sydney Powell, of Akron, was found guilty of charges of murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence in connection with the death of Brenda Powell, 50, the prosecutor’s office said in a release. Michael Lee Simpson, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2023 Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Nancy Margaret Russo found Shirilla guilty of all 12 charges against her on Monday, including murder, aggravated vehicular homicide, felonious assault and drug possession. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2023 On Rahul Gandhi, a state court convicted him of defamation, leading to his disqualification from Parliament, which prohibits felonious members from holding office. WSJ, 1 July 2023 He is being held in jail on charges of murder and felonious assault. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2023 Christopher Bennington, 42, was indicted Thursday on counts including murder, voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault, according to Hamilton County Common Pleas Court records. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of felonious was in 1567

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“Felonious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/felonious. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition


fe·​lo·​ni·​ous fə-ˈlō-nē-əs How to pronounce felonious (audio)
: of, relating to, or constituting a felony
felonious sale of cocaine
feloniously adverb

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