felon

noun
fel·​on | \ ˈfe-lən How to pronounce felon (audio) \

Definition of felon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one who has committed a felony
2 archaic : villain
3 : a painful abscess of the deep tissues of the palmar surface of the fingertip that is typically caused by bacterial infection (as with a staphylococcus) and is marked by swelling and pain — compare whitlow sense 1

felon

adjective

Definition of felon (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic

a : cruel
b : evil
2 archaic : wild

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Trump has blamed sanctuary cities like San Francisco, where police are generally forbidden from enforcing federal immigration law, as a reason why felons are in the U.S. illegally. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "California appeals court overturns conviction in Kate Steinle death," 31 Aug. 2019 The court reversed a 2017 verdict that found Jose Inez Garcia Zarate guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm, saying the court erred in not instructing jurors of an option to acquit him. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "Gun conviction overturned for immigrant acquitted in Kate Steinle death," 30 Aug. 2019 Three employees there were arrested on charges including being a felon in possession of a gun, possession of methamphetamine for sales and possession of marijuana for sale, police Lt. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chula Vista police close down illegal pot dispensary on Main Street," 23 Aug. 2019 Still, that man, a felon, had shot at his brother earlier in the day and threatened him, Curtis said. jsonline.com, "A look at the justice system through one man's story," 21 Aug. 2019 The case will be referred to the Kenosha County District Attorney's Office for possible charges of hiding a corpse and harboring or aiding felons. Mike Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two held in death of Kenosha infant missing since late July," 16 Aug. 2019 The pacing of the first act is fast and furious, setting up the Jersey boys’ origins as juvenile delinquents — OK, felons — the high stakes of failure, and their skill at capturing in music the emotions of working-class stiffs just like them. Terry Byrne, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Jersey Boys’ has the hits, and a captivating story to tell, too," 12 Aug. 2019 One of the militia members, a felon named John Frederick Foerster, emerged suddenly from the brush aiming his gun at one of the agents, records said. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Feds are looking for militia man with 'violent tendencies' who mounted armed patrols on South Texas border," 9 Aug. 2019 US Citizenship and Immigration Services director Ken Cuccinelli told CNN that the priority of the raids will be to remove violent criminals and felons. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Recent ICE Raids Around The Country Put Immigrant Communities on Edge," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of felon

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for felon

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French felun, fel evildoer, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German fillen to beat, whip, fel skin — more at fell

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felon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of felon

: a criminal who has committed a serious crime (called a felony)

felon

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fel·​on | \ ˈfe-lən How to pronounce felon (audio) \

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felon

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Medical Definition of felon

: a painful abscess of the deep tissues of the palmar surface of the fingertip that is typically caused by infection of a bacterium (such as Staphylococcus aureus) and is marked by swelling and pain — compare paronychia, whitlow sense 1

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felon

noun
fel·​on | \ ˈfe-lən How to pronounce felon (audio) \

Legal Definition of felon

: one who has committed a felony

History and Etymology for felon

Anglo-French felon, fel, literally, evildoer, from Old French, probably of Germanic origin

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