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 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 Assane's teen son Raoul (Etan Simon) was kidnapped by one of Hubert Pellegrini's (Hervé Pierre) more homicidal operatives, just as Officer Guedira (Soufiane Guerrab) spots Assane. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 11 June 2021 As the next bit of homicidal awards bait in the rotation, Mare had a lot of pressure to wrap up its stories in a way that didn’t inspire bitter profanity (preferably pronounced with a lot of long-O sounds). Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 31 May 2021 Cause of death has not been determined at this writing; experts found no signs of homicidal violence or foul play with the remains. oregonlive, 13 May 2021 According to the report, there was no evidence of homicidal violence. . David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 May 2021 Sheila Albers said Friday there was no evidence to show that her son was homicidal or that officers should have gone in believing her son would commit violence against them. NBC News, 20 Jan. 2018 For his 1994 suburban farce Serial Mom, Kathleen Turner played a homicidal housewife who kills people offending her sense of order and propriety. Claudia Dreifus, The New York Review of Books, 29 Apr. 2021 Owens had made homicidal threats on his cell phone and failed to report his brother's involvement in a burglary. Star Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 It’s not a car, or a gun, or a knife, or a shovel, or a candlestick — all of which can be used with homicidal intention, but are mostly used for traveling, hunting, eating, gardening, and setting the mood, respectively. Isaac Schorr, National Review, 27 Mar. 2021

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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 16 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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