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homicide

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noun ho·mi·cide \ˈhä-mə-ˌsīd, ˈhō-\

Simple Definition of homicide

  • : the act of killing another person

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of homicide

  1. 1 :  a person who kills another

  2. 2 :  a killing of one human being by another

Examples of homicide in a sentence

  1. The number of homicides increased last year.

  2. He has been arrested for homicide.



Origin and Etymology of homicide

in sense 1, from Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin homicida, from homo human being + -cida -cide; in sense 2, from Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin homicidium, from homo + -cidium -cide


First Known Use: 14th century


HOMICIDE Defined for Kids

homicide

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noun ho·mi·cide \ˈhä-mə-ˌsīd, ˈhō-mə-\

Definition of homicide for Students

  1. :  a killing of one human being by another




Medical Dictionary

homicide

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noun ho·mi·cide \ˈhäm-ə-ˌsīd, ˈhō-mə-\

Medical Definition of homicide

  1. 1:  a person who kills another

  2. 2:  a killing of one human being by another—compare genocide




Law Dictionary

homicide

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noun ho·mi·cide \ˈhä-mə-ˌsīd, ˈhō-\

Legal Definition of homicide

  1. 1 :  a person who kills another

  2. 2 :  the killing of one human being by another — compare manslaughter, murder criminal homicide :  homicide committed by a person with a criminal state of mind (as intentionally, with premeditation, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence) deliberate homicide :  homicide caused purposely and knowingly —used in Montana excusable homicide :  homicide that is committed by accident or misfortune by a person doing a lawful act by lawful means with usual and ordinary caution and without any unlawful intent and that is excused under the law; also :  justifiable homicide in this entry felonious homicide :  homicide committed without justification homicide by misadventure :  homicide that occurs as the result of an accident caused by a person doing a lawful act with no unlawful intent justifiable homicide :  homicide that is committed in self-defense, in defense of another and especially a member of one's family or sometimes in defense of a residence, in preventing a felony especially involving great bodily harm, or in performing a legal duty and that is justified under the law; also :  excusable homicide in this entry negligent homicide :  homicide caused by a person's criminally negligent act reckless homicide :  homicide caused by a person's reckless acts Editor's note: In Illinois, involuntary manslaughter committed by use of a motor vehicle is called reckless homicide. vehicular homicide \vē-ˈhi-kyə-lər-\ :  homicide committed by the use of a vehicle (as an automobile or boat)



Origin and Etymology of homicide

Latin homicidium, from homo human being + caedere to cut, kill



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