• WordNet 3.6
    • n felon someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
    • n felon a purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: R.C. Gaitlan, 21, walked up to two patrol officers who were showing their squad car computer felon-location equipment to children in a Detroit neighborhood. When he asked how the system worked, the officer asked him for identification. Gaitlan gave them his drivers license, they entered it into the computer, and moments later they arrested Gaitlan because information on the screen showed Gaitlan was wanted for a two-year-old armed robbery in St. Louis, Missouri.
    • Felon (Med) A kind of whitlow; a painful imflammation of the periosteum of a finger, usually of the last joint.
    • Felon A person guilty or capable of heinous crime.
    • Felon (Law) A person who has committed a felony.
    • a Felon Characteristic of a felon; malignant; fierce; malicious; cruel; traitorous; disloyal. "Vain shows of love to vail his felon hate."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n felon A wicked person; a cruel, fierce person; one guilty of heinous crimes.
    • n felon In law, a person who has committed a felony. The term is not applicable after legal punishment has been completed.
    • n felon Felony.
    • n felon Synonyms Criminal, convict, malefactor, culprit, outlaw.
    • felon Wicked; malignant; malicious; treacherous; proceeding from a depraved heart.
    • felon Obtained by felony or crime; of goods, stolen.
    • felon Wretched; forlorn.
    • n felon In medicine:
    • n felon An acute and painful inflammation of the deeper tissues of the finger or toe, especially of the distal phalanx, generally seated near the nail; paronychia; whitlow.
    • n felon A sort of inflammation in quadrupeds, similar to whitlow in man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Felon fel′on one guilty of felony: a convict: a wicked person: an inflamed sore
    • adj Felon wicked or cruel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE., adj., cruel, (n.), villain, ruffian, traitor, whitlow, F. félon, traitor, in OF. also, villain, fr. LL. felo,. See Fell, (a.)


In literature:

A child of felons, scorned by all!
"Modern Icelandic Plays" by Jóhann Sigurjónsson
You have tried to conceal it from me, but I know you have a felon on your hand.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
Marc's friends, who warn him, are traitors and felons, vowed to scorn and hate, as were formerly Gannelons, who betrayed fair France.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
This Sir Turquine is a felon knight.
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert
All felons against judges will exclaim, As harlots tremble at a Gonson's name.
"The Works of William Hogarth: In a Series of Engravings" by John Trusler
The worst felons are bold.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
Grotius and Vattel were quoted; writers, who have discoursed upon the relations of man, and distinguished the felon from the enemy.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
Then he crept back to his room as if he were a felon, and though he went early to bed, sleep refused to visit him till the day began to break.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
Had it come to this; that there was a question whether or no she should be locked up in a prison, like a felon?
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Germaine was a philosophic felon.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
The head, too, of one he supposes himself to have assassinated, and for which he is a felon and fugitive.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Perhaps, too, he would be seized, tried, condemned and meet a felon's fate upon the ignominious scaffold!
"Monte-Cristo's Daughter" by Edmund Flagg
With a decision prompt and unanimous, this act was voted a robbery, the calf a felon, and the award death without delay.
"Impressions of America" by Tyrone Power
I am a proscribed felon.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
It galled him to think that his son was a felon, and that people could point at him as the felon's father.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
Do your duty and arrest this felon with your hat.
"The Magic Pudding" by Norman Lindsay
She mounted some steps, badly lighted, and found herself in the glare of day, and greedy eyes, in the felon's dock.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866" by Various
In evil hour the felon Pagans came Unto the Pass, for all are doomed to die!
"La Chanson de Roland" by Léon Gautier
Is it the intention of the Government to do away with capital punishment and send all felons here?
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
I have been a felon, and in prison!
"Anecdotes for Boys" by Harvey Newcomb

In poetry:

"But dearer to my injured eye
To see in dust proud Murray roll;
And mine was ten times trebled joy,
To hear him groan his felon soul.
"Cadyow Castle" by Sir Walter Scott
Between the twilights of his end
He made his fellow-felon friend:
With swollen tongue, and blinding eyes,
Invited him to Paradise . . .
"Comrade Jesus" by Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn
She stood beneath the felon rope —
Her beauty felt the hangman's hand;
But, steadfast in her life-long hope,
She only saw “the promised land!”
"The Beauteous Terrorist" by Sir Henry Parkes
Soul-pierced with sword-like agony,—
Not felon’s taunt nor soldier’s jest;
Beside the God-forsaken Cross,
Could drive thee from it like the rest.
"To The Virgin Mary" by Mary Hannay Foott
He first of all condemn'd him to be stripp'd,
And after that to be severely whipp'd,
He then was sentenc'd to be crucify'd,
Like a base slave or felon, 'till he di'd.
"The Life And Death Of Christ" by Rees Prichard
Pale Death still follows at our heels,
And like a silent felon steals
Along, with trembling pace, and footsteps slow,
Still ready, with unerring dart
To pierce each unsuspecting heart,
And give, amidst our vain pursuits, his blow.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Felon escapes from Polk County Sheriff's cruiser.
Because of the previous felony arrest and since he was in possession of a knife and gun, he was charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.
(AP) The Polk County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating an escaped felon .
Felon Captured in Stolen Car.
Felon sought in Harvey shooting.
A convicted felon is under arrest again, according to Colorado Springs police.
Police made contact with the man, who admitted he owned handgun and he was a convicted felon from out of state.
Arson Case Against Firefighter and Felon Waived to Grand Jury.
Felon on probation allegedly ditched cocaine, ran from cops.
Felon accused of stealing 14 cars in Spokane.
Wilmington police say a convicted felon and drug offender is behind bars after leading officers on a chase in a car and on foot.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 27-year-old Anchorage man has been charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Felon in possession of firearm.
Two convicted felons were arrested and their three children were taken into protective custody after an apparent accidental shooting early Tuesday.
Felon faces new charges in Norwich, New London.