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.
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Origin of felo-de-se
1645–55; < Anglo-Latin, equivalent to felō a felon + dē in respect to, of + sē oneself
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felo de se
noun plural felones de se (ˈfiːləʊˌniːz dɪ ˈsiː, ˈfɛl-) or felos de se
- a person who commits suicide
Word Origin for felo de se
C17: from Anglo-Latin, from felō felon + Latin dē of + sē oneself
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Latin, "suicide," literally "one guilty concerning himself."
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