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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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

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As the mutual retribution continues, though, and a fatality ensues, Dana comes to perceive her new friend as a homicidal maniac with vindictive plans for everyone from Dana’s ex-writing partner to Dana herself. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: The Trials of an Ethical Thief," 11 Jan. 2019 That reflects a belief that homicidal intent is the key factor driving the lethality of gun violence. Emily Stewart, Vox, "One way to reduce gun deaths: restrict big bullets and guns," 28 July 2018 To be sure, Joseph Kesselring’s 1941 black comedy about a family of maniacs, homicidal and otherwise, was a huge Broadway hit that was subsequently turned into a movie starring Cary Grant, then performed four times on network TV. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Kid Tested, Mother Approved," 12 Sep. 2018 But the bloodiest, most homicidal of more than 1,000 species surveyed is the meerkat. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, "The world’s most murderous mammal is probably not what you think it is," 30 Sep. 2016 Anna Schroeder faces two counts of first-degree murder, arson and concealment of a homicidal death. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Girl, 15, Allegedly Killed Mom and Burned Body Because She Feared Disapproval of Same-Sex Relationship," 22 June 2018 The attack made policymakers around the world fret that an equally homicidal but more effective terrorist group might one day obtain weapons of mass destruction—a fear that contributed to the Iraq war in 2003. The Economist, "On the hanging of Shoko Asahara, Japan’s nerve-gas guru," 12 July 2018 DeLand said known side effects from the drug include homicidal and suicidal ideation and psychosis. Heather Nolan, NOLA.com, "Woman sentenced to probation for brandishing bat, gun at Mid-City Yacht Club customers," 31 May 2018 Doiron captures the stark beauty of his setting without averting his eyes from the sick and starving wildlife, the rancorous feuds among the lobstermen or the homicidal impulses that push islanders off the deep end. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Hate Thy Neighbor. Or Maybe Just Kill Him.," 6 July 2018

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1725, in the meaning defined above

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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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