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Definition involving or being or having the nature of a serious crime
  • felonious intent
  • I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.
    Jack Tatum (American Football Defensive Back)
  • They were mostly of a felonious character...
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • And that is how Raffles and I joined felonious forces...
    E. W. Hornung  --  The Amateur Cracksman
  • I tremble to pronounce it, that a son Unto a father, and to such a father, Should have so foul, felonious intent!
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • "He is a pettifogger, and surely must know that there is such a thing as feloniously breaking into a man's house."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Leave those words, said Sir Gaheris, for an thou speak feloniously I will slay thee.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur
  • Something there is in it universally felt to be more shameful than even felonious crime.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The white comprises part of his head, and the whole of his mouth, which makes him look as if he had just escaped from a felonious visit to a meal-bag.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Leave those words, said Sir Gaheris, for an thou speak feloniously I will slay thee.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II
  • It is, moreover, a murder committed during a felonious act.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Monster
  • In the 1940s unmarried people were not permitted to check into the same hotel room together; in addition, it was a felonious risk to falsely register as man and wife.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Lori said it sounded outright felonious, but Dad said all he was doing was outsmarting the fat-cat bank owners who shylocked the common man by charging usurious interest rates.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • He was a federal judge of the first circuit caught in a government scam and convicted of felonious misconduct on the bench-read that as being very large in the bribery business.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • I had spent the first season well enough; for though I had contracted some acquaintance with a gentleman who came to the Bath for his diversion, yet I had entered into no felonious treaty, as it might be called.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • She returned this fealty by causing it to be understood that she was even more incensed against the felonious shade of the deceased than anybody else was; thus, on the whole, she came out of her furnace like a wise woman, and did exceedingly well.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • One day he had stumbled while marching to class; the next day he was formally charged with 'breaking ranks while in formation, felonious assault, indiscriminate behavior, mopery, high treason, provoking, being a smart guy, listening to classical music and so on'.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Count One: That on or about the fifteenth day of November, 1959, one Richard Eugene Hickock did unlawfully, feloniously, willfully and with deliberation and premeditation, and while being engaged in the perpetration of a felony, kill and take the life of Herbert W. Clutter.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Mr Lillyvick stood higher than ever; for he had shown his power; hinted at his property and testamentary intentions; gained great credit for disinterestedness and virtue; and, in addition to all, was finally accommodated with a much larger tumbler of punch than that which Newman Noggs had so feloniously made off with.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • They were mostly of a felonious character; comprising the pen with which a celebrated forgery had been committed, a distinguished razor or two, some locks of hair, and several manuscript confessions written under condemnation,—upon which Mr. Wemmick set particular value as being, to use his own words, "every one of 'em Lies, sir."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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