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[fuh-loh-nee-uh s] /fəˈloʊ ni əs/

Law. pertaining to, of the nature of, or involving a :
felonious homicide; felonious intent.
wicked; base; villainous.
(criminal law) of, involving, or constituting a felony
(obsolete) wicked; base

mid-15c. (implied in feloniously), from felony + -ous. Replaced felonous (mid-14c.) by c.1600. Felonly (c.1300) was another variation.


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