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

Definition of homicidal

: of, relating to, or tending toward homicide

Other Words from homicidal

homicidally \ ˌhä-​mə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl-​ē How to pronounce homicidal (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 The second had Grant’s character overseeing a massive colosseum where the heroes were shown with other groups of questers, trying to make their way through a maze while being pursued by a homicidal jaguar-esque creature. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 July 2022 Badgley, 35, stars on the series as Joe Goldberg, who often pleasures himself while fantasizing about the latest objection of his homicidal fixation. Amethyst Tate, PEOPLE.com, 14 July 2022 Who does All-American equally well but also has that sense of inner conflict, and maybe even some untapped homicidal instincts. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 12 July 2022 But in the process, El has been reduced to a dissonant mix of heroic self-sacrifice and homicidal rage. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 6 July 2022 Prosecutors have portrayed Crumbley as a troubled and homicidal teen who battled depression, hallucinated about demons in his house, heard voices, tortured animals, and was fascinated with guns. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 24 Mar. 2022 These stories, glittering with thrilling detail and told through the framing device of a princess determined to keep her homicidal husband hanging on her words, were a literary sensation. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 1 July 2022 Nina’s willing to use her connections to lead them to the weapon, but first, the team has to do her a favor, and there’s only one thing a homicidal gangster needs help with: an assassination. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 10 June 2022 That autopsy report found that Ratliff died from blunt force trauma to the head, likely as a result of a homicidal attack. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 4 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of homicidal

1725, in the meaning defined above

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“Homicidal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homicidal. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for homicidal


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 homicidal (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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