• WordNet 3.6
    • n felony a serious crime (such as murder or arson)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Why? It is a felony for a wife to open a husband's mail.
    • Felony A heinous crime; especially, a crime punishable by death or imprisonment.
    • Felony (Feudal Law) An act on the part of the vassal which cost him his fee by forfeiture.
    • Felony (O.Eng.Law) An offense which occasions a total forfeiture either lands or goods, or both, at the common law, and to which capital or other punishment may be added, according to the degree of guilt.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n felony A wicked, foul, or treacherous act; wickedness.
    • n felony Specifically.
    • n felony In law:
    • n felony At common law, a crime which occasions the forfeiture of land or goods, or both, and for which other punishment may be added according to the degree of guilt. It thus strictly includes treason, although the words are often used as opposed to each other.
    • n felony A high crime; the highest of the principal classes into which crimes are divided by statute; a grave crime exceeding the grade of misdemeanor. The present meaning of the word varies in England, and, in the United States, in various States, forfeiture of land and goods being abolished. Thus, in New York and some other States, it includes all crimes punishable with death, or with imprisonment in a state-prison.
    • n felony A body of felons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Felony (orig.) a crime punished by total forfeiture of lands, &c.: a grave crime, beyond a misdemeanour, as that punishable by penal servitude or death
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. felonie, cruelty, OF. felonie, F. félonie, treachery, malice. See Felon (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—Low L. fellonem, fello, a traitor, prob. L. fel, gall.


In literature:

The Judges iniquitously held that to amount to a conviction of felony.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
In 1539 there were within their walls thirty-two sanctuary men for debt, felony, and murder.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
Ditto for robbery, rape, and any other felony you'd care to name.
"The Penal Cluster" by Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
This young woman was as impulsive as her felonious father.
"The Idler Magazine, Volume III, March 1893" by Various
This was a civil court with power, of jurisdiction over felonies.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
So it was, however; adult felonious Walworth was bidden to the supper, and to the supper it came.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
All persons receiving or assisting such priests were held guilty of felony.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
Mark how the Rat's felonious fangs invade The golden stores in John's pavilion laid.
"English as She is Wrote" by Anonymous
To obliterate, deface, or remove this mark is felony; or even to be in possession of any goods so marked without sufficient grounds.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Such an attempt to gain by fraud the verdict of a common court of law would have sent its promoters to prison for felony.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon

In poetry:

Must I not groan beneath a guilty load—
Praise him I scorn, and him I love betray?
Does not felonious Envy bar the road?
Or Falsehood's treacherous foot beset the way?
"Elegy VII. He Describes His Vision to An Acquaintance" by William Shenstone
Though thieves, of ev'ry virtue robb'd thy soul,
And wounded thee with a felonious rage;
The true Samaritan will make thee whole,
And thy deep wound's excessive pain assuage.
"Advice To A Sinner, To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard
Whoe'er, like Cain, with a felonious heart,
Shall evil do: (for so the scriptures teach)
Evil shall never from his house depart,
Until God's vengeance shall the culprit reach.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Officer busted on felonious assault charges.
View full size File Photo Burton police arrested a 36-year-old Sterling Heights man known as Bee Sting, a member of the Michigan Protectors group, following a felonious assault at Twin Meadows Mobile Home Park.
Northern Illinois linebacker Jamaal Bass was indicted on March 16 by a Lucas County grand jury facing one felonious assault charge and one count of misdemeanor assault after an incident in his team's matchup against Toledo on Nov 1.
Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy announced on Tuesday, Aug 31, the conviction of James Slingerland, 34, of Victory Mills, of the crime of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony.
Eagles running back Dion Lewis was arrested and charged with a low-grade felony over the weekend after Albany, N.Y. Police said he pulled a fire alarm at a Hampton Inn where he was staying.
Police say a Minnesota man who broke into the Wisconsin Capitol through a first-floor window and was found unconscious on the fourth-floor rooftop has been charged with felony criminal damage.
A Sumter County man, allegedly fleeing police and traveling 110 mph on a flat tire , was facing charges Thursday of felony fleeing and eluding, and leaving the scene of an accident.
A change in state law that starts Friday allows non-violent offenders to have their criminal records sealed for misdemeanor and Class D felonies.
Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal Tiffany Bellamy cries as Latonia Bellamy is found guilty of the felony murder of Nia Haqq and Michael Muchioki on Thursday.
A felon previously convicted in Mower County for check forgery has pleaded not guilty to new felony check forgery charges.
A felon previously convicted in Mower County has again been charged with felony check forgery .
Matthew Stacey, 23, faces two indictments totaling four felony counts.
(AP)--A custom combiner from Kansas faces a felony charge in North Dakota for allegedly stealing a load of corn from an Emmons County farmer whose fields he was harvesting .
Winona Police said a 24 year old Winona man was jailed Thursday on suspicion of felony domestic assault.
On 09-28-2012 at approximately 04:45pm, Seneca County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Colin J McDonald age 41 of 8385 Geneva St, Interlaken for Felony DWI after an investigation of a man passed out in a vehicle at a Town of Ovid business.

In science:

We use this mode to implement a classical optical version of the well known prisoners dilemma, in which two players, Alice and Bob, accused of a felony, have to decide whether they cooperate (C ) or defeat (D) each other.
Playing a quantum game on polarization vortices