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felon

1
Criminal law (formerly) a person who has committed a felony

felon

2
a purulent inflammation of the end joint of a finger, sometimes affecting the bone
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My reason is as well convinced that these gentry were as utterly worthless and debauched villains, as it is that the laws and jails hardened them in their evil courses, or that their wonderful escapes were effected by the prison-turnkeys who, in those admirable days, had always been felons themselves, and were, to the last, their bosom-friends and pot-companions.
Felon! The word has an ugly sound--a very ugly sound.
CREON My royal sister, Oedipus, thy lord, Hath bid me choose (O dread alternative!) An outlaw's exile or a felon's death.
I have information that the most powerful and richest organizations in this state have bound themselves together for our destruction, and that at this very moment there is a Pinkerton detective, one Birdy Edwards, at work in the valley collecting the evidence which may put a rope round the necks of many of us, and send every man in this room into a felon's cell.
And Dunstan's mind was as dull as the mind of a possible felon usually is.
In a word, he had played his cards throughout, with great care; had changed sides at the very nick of time; had delivered up two of the most notorious rioters, and a distinguished felon to boot; and was quite at his ease.
"I'll keep them and notify the owners; and when they send for them it will be a real pleasure to me to hand you the two thousand dollars, for you've earned the money--yes, and you've earned the deepest and most sincerest thanks of this community besides, for lifting a wronged and innocent family out of ruin and shame, and saving a good and honorable man from a felon's death, and for exposing to infamy and the punishment of the law a cruel and odious scoundrel and his miserable creatures!"
``That was a felon stroke!'' exclaimed the Black Knight, as the steed fell to the earth, bearing his rider along with him.
The felon knight, who had taken another spear, watching the moment when his formidable antagonist was most closely pressed, galloped against him in hopes to nail him with his lance against the tree, when his purpose was again intercepted by Wamba.
Postponing, therefore, for the present, my suicidal design, I just slipped my nether extremities into the sleeves of my coat, and betook myself to a pursuit of the felon with all the nimbleness which the case required and its circumstances would admit.
Specifically, legislators and courts justify the preclusion of convicted felons from jury service by alleging that all those marked with a felony conviction uniformly "lack probity" (9) and are "inherently biased." (10) In this way, felon jury exclusion statutes rest solely on the presumption that a felony conviction renders one irreparably flawed, (11) to the extent that lawmakers must "define and protect juries" (12) by categorically locking all convicted felons out of the deliberation room.