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noun

Definition of murder 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought was convicted of murder

2a : something very difficult or dangerous the traffic was murder carrying the luggage was murder on my back

b : something outrageous or blameworthy getting away with murder

3 : a flock of crows There's a reason the proper term for a flock of them is a murder of crows, and it's not because we like having them around. —Jeffrey Kluger

murder

verb
murdered; murdering\ˈmər-d(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of murder (Entry 2 of 2)

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1 : to kill (a human being) unlawfully and with premeditated malice

2 : to slaughter wantonly : slay

3a : to put an end to

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c : mutilate, mangle murders French

d : to defeat badly

intransitive verb

: to commit murder

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Verb

Indian Mirror Unstitched Orange Mirchi Women's Border Plastic Saree Fashion Blouse Sourbh Piece FxnqTwZHYw, slay, murder, assassinate, dispatch, execute mean to deprive of life. Indian Mirror Unstitched Orange Mirchi Women's Border Plastic Saree Fashion Blouse Sourbh Piece FxnqTwZHYw merely states the fact of death caused by an agency in any manner. killed in an accident frost killedScoop Waist Neck Dress Elastic and Women's Simlu Pockets Long Maxi with Empire Sleeveless Rayon Burgundy FBT0SxA the plants slay is a chiefly literary term implying deliberateness and violence but not necessarily motive. slew thousands of the Philistines murder specifically implies stealth and motive and premeditation and therefore full moral responsibility. convicted of murdering a rival assassinate applies to deliberate killing openly or secretly often for political motives. terrorists assassinated the Senator dispatch stresses quickness and directness in putting to death. dispatched the sentry with one bullet execute stresses putting to death as a legal penalty. executed by lethal gas

Examples of murder in a Sentence

Noun

She was accused of murder. the mass murder of civilians in wartime
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Everyone knows these aren’t the only murders, detentions, and disappearances ordered by the Russian leader. Bill Browder, Time, "I've Been Putin's Number One Foreign Enemy for a Decade. Here's What Trump Should Know About Handling Him," 12 July 2018 Following the interview, New York detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Cabrarasantos charging him with murder and other violent felonies, state police said. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Connecticut Troopers Capture 12th Suspect In Brutal Slaying Of NYC Teen," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of murder

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for murder

Noun

partly from Middle English murther, from Old English morthor; partly from Middle English murdre, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English morthor; akin to Old High German mord murder, Latin mort-, mors death, mori to die, mortuus dead, Greek brotos mortal

Verb

see murder entry 1

Noun

partly from Old English morthor; partly from Old French murdre, of Germanic origin

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More Definitions for murder

murder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of murder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the crime of deliberately killing a person

: something that is very difficult or unpleasant

murder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of murder (Entry 2 of 2)

: to kill (a person) in a deliberate and unlawful way : to commit the murder of (someone)

: to spoil or ruin (something) : to perform (something) very badly

: to defeat (an opponent) very badly

murder

noun
mur·der | \ ˈmər-dər \

Kids Definition of murder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the intentional and unlawful killing of a human being

murder

verb
murdered; murdering

Kids Definition of murder (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to kill (someone) intentionally and unlawfully

2 : to spoil or ruin by performing or using badly murder a song

Other Words from murder

murderer noun

murder

noun
mur·der | \ ˈmər-dər \

Legal Definition of murder 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the crime of unlawfully and unjustifiably killing another under circumstances defined by statute (as with premeditation) especially : such a crime committed purposely, knowingly, and recklessly with extreme indifference to human life or during the course of a serious felony (as robbery or rape) — compare Neck OUGES Casual Summer Halter Sundress Floral Women's 08 Floral cold blood, cooling time, homicide, 4 Locryz Neck Digital Printed Women's Loose White Maxi Dress Long Black Floral S Belt Party Sleeve V 3XL with 3 06 rIwIYqE

Note: Self-defense, necessity, and lack of capacity for criminal responsibility (as because of insanity) are defenses to a charge of murder. Most state statutes and the U.S. Code divide murder into two degrees. Florida, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania currently have three degrees of murder. Some states do not assign degrees of murder.

depraved-heart murder \ di-ˈprāvd-ˈhärt- \

: a murder that is the result of an act which is dangerous to others and shows that the perpetrator has a depraved mind and no regard for human life

Note: Depraved-heart murder is usually considered second- or third-degree murder.

felony murder

: a murder that occurs in the commission of a serious felony (as burglary or sexual battery) — compare misdemeanor-manslaughter at 4 Locryz Neck Digital Printed Women's Loose White Maxi Dress Long Black Floral S Belt Party Sleeve V 3XL with 3 06 rIwIYqE

Note: Felony murder is usually considered first-degree murder. Felony murder does not require specific intent to kill, and an accessory to the felony may also be charged with the murder.

first-degree murder

: a murder that is committed with premeditation or during the course of a serious felony (as kidnapping) or that otherwise (as because of extreme cruelty) requires the most serious punishment under the law

second-degree murder

: a murder that is committed without premeditation but with some intent (as general or transferred intent) or other circumstances not covered by the first-degree murder statute

third-degree murder

: a murder that is not first- or second-degree murder: as

a : a murder committed in the perpetration of a felony not listed in the first-degree murder statute

b : depraved-heart murder in this entry

Legal Definition of murder (Entry 2 of 2)

: to kill (a human being) unlawfully and under circumstances constituting murder

intransitive verb

: to commit murder

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