Definition of felo de se in English:

felo de se

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Pronunciation: /ˌfiːləʊ deɪ ˈseɪ
 
, ˌfɛ-/

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
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    • 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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