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[fel-oh-di-see, -sey]
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noun, plural fe·lo·nes-de-se [fel-uh-neez-di-see, -sey, fuh-loh-neez-] /ˈfɛl əˌniz dɪˈsi, -ˈseɪ, fəˈloʊ niz-/, fe·los-de-se [fel-ohz-di-see, -sey] /ˈfɛl oʊz dɪˈsi, -ˈseɪ/.
  1. a person who commits suicide or commits an unlawful malicious act resulting in his or her own death.
  2. the act of suicide.
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Origin of felo-de-se

1645–55; < Anglo-Latin, equivalent to felō a felon + in respect to, of + oneself
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Related Words for felo de se

hara-kiri, self-destruction, self-immolation, seppuku

British Dictionary definitions for felo de se

felo de se

noun plural felones de se (ˈfiːləʊˌniːz dɪ ˈsiː, ˈfɛl-) or felos de se
  1. law
    1. suicide
    2. a person who commits suicide
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Word Origin for felo de se

C17: from Anglo-Latin, from felō felon + Latin of + oneself
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Word Origin and History for felo de se



Latin, "suicide," literally "one guilty concerning himself."

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