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- n. felons as a group
- n. the convict population of a penal colony
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A body of felons; specifically, the convict population of a penal colony.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A body of felons; a convict population.
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His descriptions of the "felonry" -- a cutting term devised by himself, are grotesque and amusing.
Lorraine with all the signs of a man greatly rejoiced, and when the poor wretches died with more than usual firmness, he would say, 'See, sir, what brazenness and madness; the fear of death cannot abate their pride and felonry.