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

Synonyms & Antonyms for felonious


criminal, illegal, illegitimate, illicit, lawless, unlawful, wrongful


lawful, legal, legitimate

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Examples of felonious in a Sentence

the commission found that while the senator's actions were ethically questionable, they were not felonious

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Both Evans and Dugan have been indicted on charges of felonious assault, unlawful restraint and two counts of interfering with civil rights, each. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Horrific Video Shows 2 Ohio Jail Officers Brutally Beating Black Man In Restraint Chair," 7 June 2019 Evans and Dugan were indicted by a grand jury on charges of felonious assault, unlawful restraint, and interfering with civil rights in April for the incident. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Video released of Ohio corrections officer who turned off body camera beating mentally-ill inmate," 7 June 2019 The central characters in this sad and funny book are recognizable not as easily boxed, felonious stereotypes but as complex, flesh-and-blood human beings. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Much deeper, weirder and more interesting than ‘Florida Man’," 7 June 2019 Killings pleaded guilty Wednesday to felonious assault, and the murder charge was dismissed. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "Man who told son ‘I killed him’ pleads to assault, gets 24-month sentence," 5 June 2019 Atchley and Akin are charged with felonious restraint. Max Londberg, kansascity, "KC-area bouncers wrongly imprisoned women, suit says. They settle for $1 million," 28 June 2018 Sure, Reed has been far from perfect, but as our Tim Layden put it in his post-Sunday piece, his past is hardly felonious. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions Post-Masters Edition: Tiger's Disappointing Week, Reed's Checkered Past," 10 Apr. 2018 He was arrested for aggravated burglary, felonious assault and public indecency. Cincinnati.com, "Man found in stranger's bed with pants down, hatchet in hand," 6 July 2018 California law dictates that a marijuana DUI resulting in a felonious injury can result in between six and 16 years in prison. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Cyclist dies after collision with driver who was high on marijuana, police say," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of felonious

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

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feloniously adverb

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