felonious

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From felony +‎ -ous.

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felonious ‎(comparative more felonious, superlative most felonious)

  1. Of, relating to, being, or having the quality of felony; malignant; malicious; villainous; traitorous; perfidious.
    • 1637, John Milton, Comus:
      O thievish Night, / Why should'st thou, but for some felonious end, / In thy dark lantern thus close up the stars?
    The defendant must show that any bail money he hopes to post did not come from the felonious means.
  2. (law) Done with intent to commit a crime.
    felonious homicide

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