- Such force was justifiable against 'felons', and a thief was a felon if he had two previous convictions.
- When a convicted felon commits a crime they take his DNA.
- Passengers discovered the man, a convicted felon on probation for burglary, hiding in an airplane restroom.
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Middle English: from Old French, literally 'wicked, a wicked person' (oblique case of fel 'evil'), from medieval Latin fello, fellon-, of unknown origin. Compare with felon2.
Middle English: perhaps a specific use of felon1; medieval Latin fello, fellon- had the same sense.