Definition of felo de se in English:

felo de se

noun

mass noun
  • Suicide.

    ‘the inquest brought in a verdict of felo de se, and the felon was ordered to be buried in the cross-way’
    • ‘Would it perhaps bore you if I explained my reasons for not excluding felo de se from that infinite list of acts which are now lawful?’
    • ‘If one kills oneself inadvertently while trying to kill another, one is also guilty of felo de se, because the intent was still to murder.’
    • ‘Nineteenth-century regulations as to the interment of those guilty of ‘felo de se’ were savagely punitive.’
    self-destruction, taking one's own life, self-murder, self-slaughter
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Origin

From Anglo-Latin, literally ‘felon of himself’; formerly a criminal act in the UK.

Pronunciation

felo de se

/ˌfɛləʊ dɪ ˈsiː/