felon

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English felun, feloun, from Anglo-Norman felun ‎(traitor, wretch), from Medieval Latin fellō, fellōnis, from Frankish *felo ‎(wicked person), from Proto-Germanic *fillô, *filjô ‎(flayer, whipper, scoundrel), from Proto-Germanic *faluz ‎(cruel, evil) (compare English fell ‎(fierce), Middle High German vālant ‎(imp)), related to *fellaną (compare Dutch villen, German fillen ‎(to whip, beat), both from Proto-Indo-European *pelh₂- ‎(to stir, move, swing) (compare Old Irish adellaim 'I seek', diellaim 'I yield', Umbrian pelsatu 'to overcome, conquer', Latin pellere ‎(to drive, beat), Latvian lijuôs, plītiês ‎(to force, impose), Ancient Greek πέλας ‎(pélas, near), πίλναμαι ‎(pílnamai, I approach), Old Armenian հալածեմ ‎(halacem, I pursue).

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felon ‎(plural felons)

  1. A person who has committed a felony.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, James Nisbet & Company (1902), Book 3, Chapter 6, page 340:
      Looking at the Jury and the turbulent audience, he might have thought that the usual order of things was reversed, and that the felons were trying the honest men.
  2. (law) A person who has been tried and convicted of a felony.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Probably from Latin fel ‎(gall, poison).

Noun[edit]

felon ‎(plural felons)

  1. (medicine) A bacterial infection at the end of a finger or toe.

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin fellō, fellōnis, from Frankish *felo ‎(wicked person), from Proto-Germanic *fillô, *filjô ‎(flayer, whipper, scoundrel), from Proto-Germanic *faluz ‎(cruel, evil)

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felon m ‎(oblique plural felons, nominative singular felons, nominative plural felon)

  1. evildoer; wrongdoer
  2. immoral person

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felon m ‎(feminine felone)

  1. bastard; idiot (a general pejorative)
  2. evil; bad; immoral
    • 13th century, Unknown, La Vie de Saint Laurent, page 5, column 1, line 7:
      car il voloit le felon tirant

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