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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
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    • [fel-uh n]
    • /ˈfɛl ən/
    • /ˈfel.ən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fel-uh n]
    • /ˈfɛl ən/

Definitions of felon word

  • noun felon an acute and painful inflammation of the deeper tissues of a finger or toe, usually near the nail: a form of whitlow. 1
  • adjective felon Archaic. wicked; malicious; treacherous. 1
  • noun felon Once a person is no longer engaged in crime we can say "He's a former criminal." And once a person is no longer incarcerated, we can say "She's an ex-convict." Though both statements carry a stigma, they leave open the possibility that the people in question have changed their behavior. But this does not seem to be the case with the term felon, which appears to have no time limit. Once a person has been convicted of a felony, he or she can be considered a felon for life, according to the strict meaning of the word. (The term ex-felon, for example, is rarely used.) Advocates for the reform of our criminal justice system point out that this usage makes it even harder for rehabilitated former criminals to reintegrate into society and thereby turn away from a life of crime.   1
  • noun felon A person who has been convicted of a felony. 1
  • noun felon criminal 1
  • countable noun felon A felon is a person who is guilty of committing a felony. 0

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Origin of felon

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English fel(o)un “wicked, wicked person, evildoer,” from Old French fel (nominative), felun (oblique) “wicked person, traitor,” from Medieval Latin fellon-, stem of fello “villain, evildoer”; ultimate etymology uncertain

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Parts of speech for Felon


felon popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

felon usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for felon

noun felon

  • convict — If someone is convicted of a crime, they are found guilty of that crime in a law court.
  • delinquent — Someone, usually a young person, who is delinquent repeatedly commits minor crimes.
  • lawbreaker — a person who breaks or violates the law.
  • offender — to irritate, annoy, or anger; cause resentful displeasure in: Even the hint of prejudice offends me.
  • malefactor — a person who violates the law; criminal.

Antonyms for felon

noun felon

  • police — Also called police force. an organized civil force for maintaining order, preventing and detecting crime, and enforcing the laws.

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