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Definition of "felo-de-se" []

  • One who deliberately puts an end to his own existence, or loses his life while engaged in the commission of an unlawful or malicious act; a suicide. (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "felo-de-se" in a sentence
  • "What is the meaning of the Latin phrase "felo-de-se"?"
  • "On Thursday there was a snowstorm, and he had no boots at all on; and after that I did not see him, and I wondered if he had committed suicide -- in which case I thought the jury might almost have brought in a verdict of 'justifiable _felo-de-se_.'"
  • "The corpse of every one guilty of _felo-de-se_ should be buried either in a remote spot not customarily used as a place of burial, or near to a cross road; but if the relatives of any such unhappy person insist on having the remains interred in the ordinary place of sepulchre, they are expected to carry the corpse over the burying-ground wall, and inter it after sunset."