Definition of felonious in English:



  • 1Relating to or involved in crime.

    ‘they turned their felonious talents to the smuggling trade’
    • ‘Much of what we today think of as serious crime, including murder, rape, and the various forms of theft, belonged in the middle band, felony, and was punishable by death; witchcraft was also felonious.’
    • ‘But with his probation officer hounding him, his girlfriend dissing him, and his dope pusher buddy pressuring him, it looks like Petey may once again stray into his former, felonious life.’
    • ‘In a short amount of time, those felonious deeds cost Sonny Liston his freedom.’
    • ‘Surely one can see the connection between crimes committed in the legally legitimized ‘heat of passion’ and impulsive felonious acts.’
    • ‘When judicial matters are one of the principal foci of borough and national records, we unavoidably receive an impression, not so much exaggerated as unbalanced, of the misdemeaning or felonious conduct of townsmen.’
    • ‘I should repeat that there is, of course, in fact no suggestion that the shooting here was intentional, and thus felonious.’
    • ‘When Mrs Munson stumbles onto their plot and threatens to notify the authorities, the felonious five decide to do her in.’
    • ‘The previous night, he'd manufactured a homemade stinkbomb and unbeknownst to all of us, this mild explosive device would transform a practical joke into a felonious street crime.’
    • ‘It would have been so much more original and memorable to treat the various lust and love permutations of the characters in a manner that didn't result in stalking, violent obsession and various felonious acts.’
    • ‘Without them, the program would appear to be the unbelievable misadventures of a fiery foreigner and his almost felonious spouse.’
    • ‘Other research finds a theoretical link between right-to-carry concealed weapon laws and decreased crime or decreased felonious deaths of police.’
    • ‘And like typical criminals, the felonious five left their incriminating fingerprints everywhere, showing an unmistakable consciousness of guilt on their part.’
    • ‘I wish there was some way to make these felonious corporate entities accountable for their manifold crimes against us and the environment.’
    • ‘He also hopes to take advantage of whatever felonious opportunities might happen to present themselves within the boundaries of his mother's neighborhood and during the course of his stay there.’
    • ‘However central property was to gentrification, the felonious accumulation of it and the consequences for having done so are not remotely Thompson's concern.’
    illegal, illicit, lawbreaking, illegitimate, against the law
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    1. 1.1Law Relating to or of the nature of felony.
      ‘his conduct was felonious’
      • ‘She will stand trial for her felonious enterprise.’
      • ‘The women were each sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2003 to kidnapping, child endangerment, and felonious assault.’
      • ‘All three impulsively committed a felonious act that lead to their incarceration, i.e., attempted murder and kidnapping, attempted murder, and murder.’
      • ‘Indeed this seems like it might go past a civil liability issue, and into absolutely felonious criminal activity.’
      • ‘Right now, he has been charged with one count of felonious assault for allegedly firing a nine millimeter pistol into a house where people were.’