[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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Examples from the Web for felo-de-se

  • Felo-de-se, in English law the crime which a man at the age of discretion and of a sound mind commits when he takes away his life.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia|Edited by Rev. James Wood

Word Origin and History for felo-de-se



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper