Law. pertaining to, of the nature of, or involving a felony: felonious homicide; felonious intent.
wicked; base; villainous.
Origin of felonious
1375–1425; felonyRelated formsfe·lo·ni·ous·ly, adverbfe·lo·ni·ous·ness, nounnon·fe·lo·ni·ous, adjectivenon·fe·lo·ni·ous·ly, adverbnon·fe·lo·ni·ous·ness, nounun·fe·lo·ni·ous, adjectiveun·fe·lo·ni·ous·ly, adverb
; replacing late Middle English felonous
< Anglo-French, Old French
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Historical Examples of feloniously
He was also indicted a second time for feloniously stealing a diamond ring out of the shop of John Trible, on the 25th of August.
Robertson charged an overseer of Arthur with feloniously receiving hay for the governor's use, and with his connivance.
Anyone who feloniously steals or aids in the stealing of goods, wares, or merchandise over 5s.
Say it once again, that I did not feloniously come to bed to thee!
He is a pettifogger, and surely must know that there is such a thing as feloniously breaking into a man's house.
British Dictionary definitions for feloniously
Derived Formsfeloniously, adverbfeloniousness, noun
criminal law of, involving, or constituting a felony
obsolete wicked; base
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Word Origin and History for feloniously
mid-15c. (implied in feloniously), from felony + -ous. Replaced felonous (mid-14c.) by c.1600. Felonly (c.1300) was another variation.
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