ho·​mi·​cid·​al | \ ˌhä-mə-ˈsī-dᵊl How to pronounce homicidal (audio) , ˌhō- \

Definition of homicidal

: of, relating to, or tending toward homicide

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Other Words from homicidal

homicidally \ ˌhä-​mə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl-​ē How to pronounce homicidally (audio) , ˌhō-​ \ adverb

Examples of homicidal in a Sentence

court-appointed psychiatrists have described the accused as a homicidal maniac who should be put away for life
Recent Examples on the Web Officers responded to a disturbance call at 9:30 a.m.. in the 2300 block of Engle Avenue and found the victim, Gabriel Ortiz Soto, with injuries that indicated homicidal violence, police said. Catherine Marfin, Dallas News, "37-year-old man found dead in his home in central Oak Cliff, police say," 10 June 2020 One that did involved the homicidal ex-dentist Doc Holliday who, at the O.K. Corral, used a 10-gauge W.M. Moore shotgun to shoot a thug named Tom McLaury in the chest at a range so close that the coroner could just cover the wound with his hand. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Wild West Guns that Hollywood Forgot," 10 June 2020 Broderick's simmering homicidal rage may or may not have not been in part due to her husband and/or the divorce, but at the end of the day, Peet says, you're not supposed to take sides either way. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, "Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story," 1 June 2020 Is this the end of the Bad Choice Road for the show's charmingest homicidal maniac? EW.com, "Better Call Saul recap: Kim gets in the game," 14 Apr. 2020 Here's the official logline for next Sunday's hour: When members of Gotham's intelligentsia begin disappearing, Commander Kane (Dougray Scott), Sophie (Meagan Tandy), and the Crows go searching for the newest homicidal threat to the city. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Batwoman finally reveals major Batman villain in first look photos," 4 May 2020 The homicidal violence happened from South Dallas to Northwest Dallas and Far North Dallas. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "Here are 3 things to know about Dallas homicides in March," 30 Apr. 2020 That curiosity — along with a sense of needfulness, despair and eventual homicidal rage — plays out across Chucky’s freckled face, brought to life by award-winning character FX studio MastersFX. Jen Yamato, latimes.com, "How the ‘Child’s Play’ remake redesigned Chucky, a smart doll with a killer glitch," 21 June 2019 It: Chapter Two Director Andy Muschietti’s 2019 follow-up to his blockbuster 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling horror novel stars Bill Skarsgard as the homicidal Pennywise the Clown. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Saturday, Sunday talk: ‘Clark Sisters’ and ‘SNL’," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of homicidal

1725, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jun 2020

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“Homicidal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homicidal. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of homicidal

: likely to kill someone
: of or relating to murder


ho·​mi·​cid·​al | \ ˌhäm-ə-ˈsīd-ᵊl How to pronounce homicidal (audio) , ˌhō-mə- How to pronounce homicidal (audio) \

Medical Definition of homicidal

: of, relating to, or tending toward homicide

Other Words from homicidal

homicidally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce homicidally (audio) \ adverb


ho·​mi·​ci·​dal | \ ˌhä-mə-ˈsīd-ᵊl, ˌhō- How to pronounce homicidal (audio) \

Legal Definition of homicidal

: of, relating to, or tending toward homicide

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