Main definitions of felon in English

: felon1felon2

felon1

noun

  • A person who has committed a felony.

    • ‘When a convicted felon commits a crime they take his DNA.’
    • ‘I mean do you ever see situations where monies are taken away from convicted felons in order to compensate the victims?’
    • ‘If you're a convicted felon, go where felons are, not where good people are.’
    • ‘Passengers discovered the man, a convicted felon on probation for burglary, hiding in an airplane restroom.’
    • ‘As with many other laws in the United States, legislation denying voting rights to convicted felons and other offenders varies widely from state to state.’
    • ‘The few pretenders who remained were a disappointing assortment of dim, second-class felons and impotent thugs.’
    • ‘He is a convicted felon who made illegal political contributions.’
    • ‘Virginia joined in by collecting the DNA of all convicted felons, not just sex offenders.’
    • ‘They're standing behind convicted criminals, convicted felons.’
    • ‘The searches would not detect felons who had committed felonies in other states, and then moved to Washington.’
    • ‘Incidentally, it is illegal for a convicted felon to own a firearm of any type.’
    • ‘Perjury is a felony; felons are not only disqualified from holding public office, they can't vote.’
    • ‘Those kinds of places were only good to find felons and thieves.’
    • ‘Trying to prevent convicted felons from committing more crimes raises profound questions of character, habit, and the limits of social intervention.’
    • ‘Accused felons were allowed to call witnesses, and defendants were given other procedural protections.’
    • ‘He encouraged her to read out the death warrants of convicted felons and witness the executions.’
    • ‘The felon responded by committing another burglary.’
    • ‘The issue of whether convicted felons can profit from the sale of their stories, which are inevitably entangled with their victims' stories, is a familiar one.’
    • ‘Such force was justifiable against 'felons', and a thief was a felon if he had two previous convictions.’
    • ‘As I've noted before and noted today in my column, there is still no system for tracking criminal illegal alien felons and other inmates.’
    criminal, lawbreaker, offender, villain, black hat, delinquent, malefactor, culprit, wrongdoer, transgressor, sinner
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adjective

Archaic
  • [attributive] Cruel; wicked.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, literally wicked, a wicked person (oblique case of fel evil), from medieval Latin fello, fellon-, of unknown origin. Compare with felon.

Pronunciation:

felon

/ˈfɛlən/

Main definitions of felon in English

: felon1felon2

felon2

noun

  • archaic term for whitlow
    • ‘A felon is an abscess of the distal pulp or phalanx pad of the fingertip.’
    • ‘Empiric antibiotic coverage with a first-generation cephalosporin or antistaphylococcal penicillin usually is adequate treatment for an uncomplicated felon.’

Origin

Middle English: perhaps a specific use of felon; medieval Latin fello, fellon- had the same sense.

Pronunciation:

felon

/ˈfɛlən/