noun mur·der \ˈmər-dər\

: the crime of deliberately killing a person

: something that is very difficult or unpleasant

Full Definition of MURDER

:  the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought
a :  something very difficult or dangerous <the traffic was murder>
b :  something outrageous or blameworthy <getting away with murder>

Examples of MURDER

  1. She was accused of murder.
  2. the mass murder of civilians in wartime
  3. a string of unsolved murders
  4. Traffic is murder this time of day.

Origin of MURDER

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
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

Rhymes with MURDER



: 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

mur·deredmur·der·ing \ˈmər-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of MURDER

transitive verb
:  to kill (a human being) unlawfully and with premeditated malice
:  to slaughter wantonly :  slay
a :  to put an end to
b :  tease, torment
c :  mutilate, mangle <murders French>
d :  to defeat badly
intransitive verb
:  to commit murder

Examples of MURDER

  1. He was arrested and accused of murdering his wife.
  2. His wife was found murdered.
  3. a dictator who is responsible for murdering thousands of innocent people
  4. The band murdered that song.

First Known Use of MURDER

13th century


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