felo de se

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fel-oh-di-see, -sey]
    • /ˈfɛl oʊ dɪˈsi, -ˈseɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fel-oh-di-see, -sey]
    • /ˈfɛl oʊ dɪˈsi, -ˈseɪ/

Definitions of felo de se words

  • noun plural felo de se a person who commits suicide or commits an unlawful malicious act resulting in his or her own death. 1
  • noun plural felo de se the act of suicide. 1
  • noun felo de se suicide 0
  • noun felo de se a person who commits suicide 0
  • noun felo de se A crime committed against oneself, in particular an early twentieth-century euphemism for suicide. 0

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Origin of felo de se

First appearance:

before 1645
One of the 44% oldest English words
1645-55; < Anglo-Latin, equivalent to felō a felon + dē in respect to, of + sē oneself

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Parts of speech for Felo de se


felo de se popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 40% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 56% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for felo de se

noun felo de se

  • hara-kiri — Also called seppuku. ceremonial suicide by ripping open the abdomen with a dagger or knife: formerly practiced in Japan by members of the warrior class when disgraced or sentenced to death.
  • self-destruction — the destruction or ruination of oneself or one's life.
  • self-immolation — voluntary sacrifice or denial of oneself, as for an ideal or another person.
  • self-slaughter — suicide.
  • seppuku — hara-kiri (def 1).

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