Definition of felo de se in English:

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felo de se

Pronunciation: /ˌfiːləʊ deɪ ˈseɪ/
/ˌfɛləʊ deɪ ˈseɪ/

noun (plural felos de se)

[mass noun]
Suicide: the inquest brought in a verdict of felo de se, and the felon was ordered to be buried in the cross-way
More 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.


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

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