Felo-de-se Fe"lo-de-se`, n.; pl. {Felos-de-se}. [LL. felo, E. felon + de of, concerning + se self.] (Law) One who deliberately puts an end to his own existence, or loses his life while engaged in the commission of an unlawful or malicious act; a suicide. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

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