Felonious
Felonious Fe*lo"ni*ous, a. Having the quality of felony; malignant; malicious; villainous; traitorous; perfidious; in a legal sense, done with intent to commit a crime; as, felonious homicide. [1913 Webster]

O thievish Night, Why should'st thou, but for some felonious end, In thy dark lantern thus close up the stars? --Milton. -- {Fe*lo"ni*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Fe*lo"ni*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • felonious — [adj] criminal base, corrupt, evil, illegal, illicit, lawbreaking, villainous, wrongful; concept 545 …   New thesaurus

  • felonious — [fə lō′nē əs] adj. [altered (after FELONY) < ME felonous < OFr feloneus] 1. Old Poet. wicked; base 2. Law of, like, or constituting a felony …   English World dictionary

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  • felonious — feloniously, adv. feloniousness, n. /feuh loh nee euhs/, adj. 1. Law. pertaining to, of the nature of, or involving a felony: felonious homicide; felonious intent. 2. wicked; base; villainous. [1375 1425; FELONY + OUS; r. late ME felonous < AF,… …   Universalium

  • felonious — adjective a) Having the quality of felony; malignant; malicious; villainous; traitorous; perfidious; being, relating to, or concerning felony O thievish Night, Why shouldst thou, but for some felonious end, In thy dark lantern thus close up the… …   Wiktionary

  • felonious — adjective Date: 1567 1. archaic very evil ; villainous 2. of, relating to, or having the nature of a felony < felonious assault > • feloniously adverb • feloniousness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • felonious — adj. Felonious is used with these nouns: ↑assault …   Collocations dictionary

  • felonious — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. unlawful, nefarious, criminal; see illegal , wicked 1 , 2 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [fuh LOW nee us] evil, wicked, designating serious criminal behavior. Armed robbery is a felonious act. SYN …   English dictionary for students

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