Definition of felo de se in English:

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felo de se

Pronunciation: /ˌfelō də ˈsā/

noun (plural felos de se /ˌfelōz də ˈsā/)

Suicide.
Example sentences
  • Nineteenth-century regulations as to the interment of those guilty of ‘felo de se’ were savagely punitive.
  • Would it perhaps bore you if I explained my reasons for not excluding felo de se from that infinite list of acts which are now lawful?
  • If one kills oneself inadvertently while trying to kill another, one is also guilty of felo de se, because the intent was still to murder.

Origin

From Anglo-Latin, literally 'felon of himself'; formerly a criminal act in the UK.

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Syllabification: fe·lo de se

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