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murder

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noun mur·der \ˈmər-dər\

Simple Definition of murder

  • : the crime of deliberately killing a person

  • : something that is very difficult or unpleasant

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of murder

  1. 1 :  the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought

  2. 2 a :  something very difficult or dangerous <the traffic was murder> b :  something outrageous or blameworthy <getting away with murder>

Examples of murder in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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murder

verb mur·der

Simple Definition of 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of murder

murdered

murdering

play \ˈmər-d(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to kill (a human being) unlawfully and with premeditated malice

  3. 2 :  to slaughter wantonly :  slay

  4. 3 a :  to put an end to b :  tease, torment c :  mutilate, mangle <murders French> d :  to defeat badly

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to commit murder

Examples of murder in a sentence

  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.



13th Century

First Known Use of murder

13th century

Synonym Discussion of murder

kill, slay, murder, assassinate, dispatch, execute mean to deprive of life. kill merely states the fact of death caused by an agency in any manner <killed in an accident> <frost killed 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>.

Rhymes with murder



MURDER Defined for Kids

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murder

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noun mur·der \ˈmər-dər\

Definition of murder for Students

  1. :  the intentional and unlawful killing of a human being




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murder

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verb mur·der

Definition of murder for Students

murdered

murdering

  1. 1 :  to kill (someone) intentionally and unlawfully

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

murderer

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Law Dictionary

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murder

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noun mur·der \ˈmər-dər\

Legal Definition of murder

  1. :  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 cold blood, cooling time, homicide, manslaughter Editor's 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 Editor's 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 manslaughter Editor's 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



Origin and Etymology of murder

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


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murder

transitive verb mur·der

Legal Definition of murder

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

  2. intransitive verb
  3. :  to commit murder





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