Sunday, 29 September 2013

Entry: felo de se (n.)

In context: "....O. reports that in the days prior to Dr. Incandenza's felo de se, a so-called "word" appeared on a "fogged" "windows" of Mrs. Inc's pale yellow Volvo, and the word cast a conjugal pall in all sorts of directions."

Definition: One who ‘deliberately puts an end to his own existence, or commits any unlawful malicious act, the consequence of which is his own death’.


Other: The etymology is interesting here:

Anglo-Latin felō felon n.2, dē sē of himself.

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Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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