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Definitions for felon
ˈfɛl ənfelon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. criminal, felon, crook, outlaw, malefactornoun

    someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

  2. felon, whitlownoun

    a purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail


  1. felonnoun

    A person convicted of a felony.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Felonadjective

    Cruel; traitorous; inhuman.

    Ay me! what thing on earth, that all things breeds,
    Might be the cause of so impatient plight!
    What fury, or what fiend with felon deeds,
    Hath stirred up so mischievous despight! Edmund Spenser.

    Then bids prepare th’ hospitable treat,
    Vain shews of love to veil his felon hate. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

  2. FELONnoun

    Etymology: felon, French; felo, low Latin; fel, Saxon.

    I apprehend thee for a felon here. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    And often have you brought the wily fox,
    Chas’d even amid’ the folds; and made to bleed,
    Like felons, where they did the murd’rous deed. Dryden.

    The malign paronychia is that which is commonly called a felon. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.


  1. Felon

    A felony is traditionally considered a crime of high seriousness, whereas a misdemeanor is regarded as less serious. The term "felony" originated from English common law (from the French medieval word "félonie") to describe an offense that resulted in the confiscation of a convicted person's land and goods, to which additional punishments including capital punishment could be added; other crimes were called misdemeanors. Following conviction of a felony in a court of law, a person may be described as a felon or a convicted felon. Some common law countries and jurisdictions no longer classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors and instead use other distinctions, such as by classifying serious crimes as indictable offenses and less serious crimes as summary offenses. In the United States, where the felony/misdemeanor distinction is still widely applied, the federal government defines a felony as a crime punishable by death or imprisonment in excess of one year. If punishable by exactly one year or less, it is classified as a misdemeanor. The classification is based upon a crime's potential sentence, so a crime remains classified as a felony even if a defendant convicted of a felony receives a sentence of one year or less. Some individual states classify crimes by other factors, such as seriousness or context. In some civil law jurisdictions, such as Italy and Spain, the term delict is used to describe serious offenses, a category similar to common law felony. In other nations, such as Germany, France, Belgium, and Switzerland, more serious offenses are described as crimes, while misdemeanors or delicts (or délits) are less serious. In still others (such as Brazil and Portugal), crimes and delicts are synonymous (more serious) and are opposed to contraventions (less serious).


  1. felon

    A felon is a person who has been convicted of a serious crime such as murder, rape, burglary, or other offenses, typically punishable by imprisonment for more than one year or by death. The exact categorization of crimes as felonies varies based on jurisdiction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Felonadjective

    a person who has committed a felony

  2. Felonadjective

    a person guilty or capable of heinous crime

  3. Felonadjective

    a kind of whitlow; a painful imflammation of the periosteum of a finger, usually of the last joint

  4. Felonadjective

    characteristic of a felon; malignant; fierce; malicious; cruel; traitorous; disloyal


  1. Felon

    Felon is a 2008 American drama film about a family man who ends up in state prison after he kills an intruder. The film was written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh, and stars Stephen Dorff, Val Kilmer and Harold Perrineau. The story is based on events that took place in the 1990s at the notorious California State Prison, Corcoran.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Felon

    fel′on, n. one guilty of felony: a convict: a wicked person: an inflamed sore.—adj. wicked or cruel.—adj. Felō′nious, wicked: depraved: done with the deliberate intention to commit crime.—adv. Felō′niously.—n. Felō′niousness, the quality of being felonious.—adj. Fel′onous (Spens.), felonious.—ns. Fel′onry, a body of felons; Fel′ony, (orig.) a crime punished by total forfeiture of lands, &c.: a grave crime, beyond a misdemeanour, as that punishable by penal servitude or death. [O. Fr.,—Low L. fellonem, fello, a traitor, prob. L. fel, gall.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of felon in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of felon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of felon in a Sentence

  1. Dennis Riordan:

    I think the 10-1 vote indicates that it was a farce, the greatest impact is the damage it undid. We had a panel opinion that said if you're asked a question on page 78 and you digress before you answer it directly on page 81, you're a federal felon.

  2. Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko:

    Matthew has violated his probation. He is a felon in possession of a gun and should be considered armed and dangerous.

  3. Ed Gavin:

    Article 35 of the (New York) penal law permits you to use deadly physical force to stop a fleeing felon who is either charged with a felony or convicted of a felony, so the police officer was spot on.

  4. Chuck Schumer:

    We’re facing a situation where anyone—a felon, a terrorist—can open a gun factory in their garage and the weapons they make will be undetectable. It’s stomach-churning.

  5. Elena Kagan:

    What matters instead is whether the felon will have the ability to use or direct the use of his firearms after the transfer.

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