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Done with an intent to commit a serious crime or a felony; done with an evil heart or purpose; malicious; wicked; villainous.

An aggravated assault, such as an assault with an intent to murder, is a felonious assault. A simple assault, such as one done with an intent to frighten, is not felonious.

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adj. referring to an act done with criminal intent. The term is used to distinguish between a wrong which was not malicious, and an intentional crime, as in "felonious assault," which is an attack meant to do real harm.

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of, involving, or constituting a FELONY.
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Meanwhile, the number of police officers feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2017 stood at 46, a decline from the 66 recorded in 2016, said FBI.
Frank answered the complaint and filed a first amended cross-complaint, asserting a cause of action for declaratory relief against Farmers and Rosamaria's mother, as the person who would receive the policy benefits through Rosamaria's estate if he were found to have feloniously and intentionally killed Rosamaria.
The number of officers feloniously killed in 2010 increased by 8 compared with the 2009 figure (48 officers).
* By region, 22 officers were feloniously killed in the South, 8 officers in the West, 6 officers in the Midwest, and 6 officers in the Northeast.
While finding him not guilty on the second charge of attempting to do bodily harm to Amponfie, the jury found him guilty of "willfully, feloniously, and unlawfully" killing Ewusie-Mensah.
Wakefield was accused of feloniously ravishing the wife and daughter of John Henley, as well as a number of their goods (namely, woolen and linen cloths and other household utensils to the value of 40s.).
John Chambers, butcher, aged 24, from Stratford Road, was placed in the dock again on the charge of feloniously wounding his wife by stabbing her in the neck with intent to murder her on the night of August 10.
In 2001, there were 142 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in 30 states and Puerto Rico.
Perjury is among the charges levied against Estrada for ''unlawfully and feloniously'' understating his December 1999 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth by not listing many of his other assets and business interests.
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