- Law. a person who has committed a felony.
- Archaic. a wicked person.
- Archaic. wicked; malicious; treacherous.
Origin of felon1
- an acute and painful inflammation of the deeper tissues of a finger or toe, usually near the nail: a form of whitlow.
Origin of felon2
Examples from the Web for felon
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) is a grifter and a wingnut, but is he possibly a felon too?Ethics Office Sees Evidence Republican Congressman Broke the Law
June 11, 2014
Burke and Schubert believe that adding to the list of felon profiles could close countless unsolved cases.Hunting for Long-Gone Serial Killers: Inside the Dead Man Talking Project
March 25, 2013
A felon or domestic batterer or disturbed person need only find a person with a clean background to buy a weapon for him.Obama Needs a 'Plan B' on Guns
February 18, 2013
Under that law a felon convicted of violent federal crimes for the third time would be sentenced to life in prison.Black DNC Delegates Stick With Bill Clinton
September 5, 2012
If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, then maybe talk radio is the first refuge of felon.Jack Abramoff on His New Talk Radio Show, Lobbying Reform & More
July 16, 2012
They may arrest me as a felon—at any rate I shall be forced to leave the bank and go away.
It seemed a lifetime that he had lived in the noisome atmosphere of a felon's cell.
No man at last believes that he can be lost, nor that the crime in him is as black as in the felon.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
His dear friend, a felon, taken in open fight by a British cruiser!Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
You must not leave me—you shall not—I am not to be deserted for the sake of a felon!Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
- criminal law (formerly) a person who has committed a felony
- obsolete a wicked person
- archaic, or poetic evil; cruel
- a purulent inflammation of the end joint of a finger, sometimes affecting the bone
Word Origin and History for felon
late 13c., from Old French felon "evil-doer, scoundrel, traitor, rebel, the Devil" (9c.), from Medieval Latin fellonem (nominative fello) "evil-doer," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Frankish *fillo, *filljo "person who whips or beats, scourger" (cf. Old High German fillen "to whip"); or from Latin fel "gall, poison," on the notion of "one full of bitterness."
Another theory (advanced by Professor R. Atkinson of Dublin) traces it to Latin fellare "to suck" (see fecund), which had an obscene secondary meaning in classical Latin (well-known to readers of Martial and Catullus), which would make a felon etymologically a "cock-sucker." OED inclines toward the "gall" explanation, but finds Atkinson's "most plausible" of the others.
- A purulent infection or abscess involving the bulbous distal end of a finger.whitlow