Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Malignant; malicious; done with intent to commit a crime; having the grade or quality of a felony. People v. Moore, 37 Hun (N. Y.) 93; Aikman v. Com., 18 S. W. 938, 13 Ky. Law Rep. 894; State v. Bush, 47 Kan. 201, 27 Pac. 834, 13 L. R. A. 607; Com. v. Barlow, 4 Mass. 440.
    —Felonious assault. Such an assault upon the person as, if consummated, would subject the party making it, upon conviction, to the punishment of a felony, that is, to imprisonment in the penitentiary. Hinkle v. State. 94 Ga. 595, 21 S. E. 595.
    —Felonious homicide. In criminal law. The offense of killing a human creature, of any age or sex, without justification or excuse. There are two degrees of this offense, manslaughter and murder. 4 Bl. Comm, l88, 190 ; 4 Steph. Comm. 108, 111; State v. Symmes, 40 S. 0. 383, 19 S. E. 16; Connor v. Com., 76 Ky. 718; State v. Miller, 9 Houst. (Del.) 564, 32 Atl. 137.