Old French felonie (“evil, immoral deed”), from felon (“evildoer”). Ultimately of Germanic origin. More at felon.
Felony Sentence Examples
All this was abolished by the Felony Act 1870, which provided for the appointment of an administrator to the property of the convict.
It was applied to treason felony in 1848.
An assistant District Attorney had called about prosecuting a felony drug possession, but the second note was upsetting.
In the 13th century it was recognized that a " clerk " for felony was subject only to ecclesiastical trial and punishment; punishment which might involve lifelong imprisonment.
In protest, the Georgia House of Representatives, holding that the United States Supreme Court had no constitutional power to try suits against a sovereign state, resolved that any Federal marshal who should attempt to execute the court's decision would be " guilty of felony, and shall suffer death, without benefit of clergy, by being hanged."