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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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 Bruno-Oyola was arrested in connection with the felonious assault charge on Friday and appeared for arraignment Saturday in Cleveland Municipal Court, where the case was bound over to a CUyahoga County grand jury. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "Man accused of trying to hit Cleveland police officer with car," 17 Apr. 2018 Authorities say the teen suspect will face attempted murder and felonious assault charges in juvenile court. Fox News, "Girl, 16, accused of stabbing classmate in school cafeteria," 7 Apr. 2018 Hypes remained jailed Friday on a felonious assault charge. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Baby delivered after pregnant woman is shot in head in Ohio," 6 Apr. 2018 Online court records show Koch previously faced second-degree felonious assault charges in 2016 in Montgomery County. Monroe Trombly, Cincinnati.com, "Feds: After man said he was Jewish, he was the victim of a hate crime," 21 Mar. 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

Other Words from felonious

feloniously adverb

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