Definition of felonry in English:

felonry

noun

Australian
historical
  • Convicts and ex-convicts regarded as a social class.

    ‘the felonry have become rampant and insolent’
    • ‘It degraded the whole of colonial society, both felonry and free.’
    • ‘They displayed a dangerous and disgraceful spirit of favouritism for the felonry.’
    • ‘It was almost a game the Criminal Investigation Department played with the felonry, with both parties knowing where, sooner or later, the spotlight of police attention would fall.’
    • ‘Britain's colonial policy was shaped by a desire to limit the evil effects of the felonry on Maori.’
    • ‘Historians paid considerable attention to the circumstances that created this unwanted felonry.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from felon + -ry.

Pronunciation

felonry

/ˈfɛlənri/