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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from felonious

feloniously adverb
feloniousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for felonious


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


lawful, legal, legitimate

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

The Parma resident was arrested and charged with felonious assault. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Brook Park shoplifter arrested with drugs at Parma store: Parma Police Blotter," 11 July 2019 So, technically, that also makes it a crime movie, only on four wheels: the fast and the felonious. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Kumail Nanjiani gets behind the wheel in ‘Stuber’," 11 July 2019 Zachary Cook, 31, is charged with felonious assault in the July 5 shooting. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Police: Fight over woman led to man shooting his roommate," 9 July 2019 Ladonna Marie Boatwright, 37, was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, two counts of felonious assault and assaulting a pregnant individual. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit woman charged with assaulting pregnant woman with vehicle," 3 July 2019 The satire lands on obvious Miami targets — the rich, the shallow, the venal, the felonious, status seekers and zealots of every stripe —and the punches connect with all the subtlety of a storm surge. miamiherald, "Tom Wolfe’s ‘Back to Blood’ revels in excess — just like Miami | Miami Herald," 19 Oct. 2012 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'felonious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of felonious

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about felonious

Dictionary Entries near felonious


felon de se

felon herb





Statistics for felonious

Last Updated

14 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for felonious

The first known use of felonious was in 1567

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for felonious


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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on felonious

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with felonious

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for felonious

Spanish Central: Translation of felonious

Nglish: Translation of felonious for Spanish Speakers

Comments on felonious

What made you want to look up felonious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


something desired as essential

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!