[fel-oh-di-see, -sey]

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/.

a person who commits suicide or commits an unlawful malicious act resulting in his or her own death.
the act of suicide.

Nearby words

  1. fellowly,
  2. fellowman,
  3. fellowship,
  4. felly,
  5. felo de se,
  6. felon,
  7. felonious,
  8. feloniously,
  9. felonry,
  10. felony

Origin of felo-de-se

1645–55; < Anglo-Latin, equivalent to felō a felon + in respect to, of + oneself

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British Dictionary definitions for felo de se

felo de se

noun plural felones de se (ˈfiːləʊˌniːz dɪ ˈsiː, ˈfɛl-) or felos de se

  1. suicide
  2. a person who commits suicide

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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