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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Garcia was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges, but was convicted of being a felon who possessed a firearm. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Anatomy of a Trump rally: 76 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence," 10 July 2018 As the Bureau outlines, felons are prohibited from possessing a firearm. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Medical marijuana or guns? Oklahoma latest state forced to choose," 29 June 2018 Her inclination to choose bad partners leads her to a meth-addicted illiterate felon who inexplicably captures his mother’s heart and forces Gold to finally come to terms with his past. Jim Ruland, latimes.com, "A feral California childhood is revealed in Glen David Gold's 'I Will Be Complete'," 27 June 2018 Court records show Woodruffe has a long criminal record, including arrests for assault on a family member, drug possession and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Man authorities believe shot Texas girl charged with murder," 9 Jan. 2019 On Friday, John Wayne Rogers, 32, was charged in Johnson County District Court with aggravated battery, aggravated assault, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Man charged with firing gun while fighting with Lenexa police," 13 July 2018 The man was arrested for endangering safety, being armed while intoxicated, and being a felon in possession of a gun, police said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bullets rained down somewhere from a man firing gun into the air in West Allis," 10 July 2018 Police said Lewis gave them a fake driver’s license and was found to be a felon. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Teens among 11 arrested during illegal ATV, dirt bike riding sting on Atlanta roads," 10 July 2018 Burnett also pleaded guilty Monday to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Heather Nolan, NOLA.com, "Man pleads guilty to fatally shooting girlfriend in Algiers in 2012," 22 May 2018

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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

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

Kids Definition of felon

felon

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fel·​on

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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