homicidal

adjective
ho·mi·cid·al | \ ˌhä-mə-ˈsī-dᵊl , 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, 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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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 School officials and worried parents throughout the area have sought solutions on making school buildings safer from homicidal gunmen. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "South Milwaukee school referendum would help troubled students by hiring mental-health professionals," 2 July 2018 To seek asylum in the United States, Central American families must travel many hundreds of miles through the desert, along a route teeming with rapists, thieves, and homicidal gangs. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "We Owe Central American Migrants Much More Than This," 21 June 2018 In some cases, experts say, youngsters who make homicidal threats are moved to institutions that focus on children with emotional disturbances. Alexandra Villarreal, The Christian Science Monitor, "In wake of shootings, schools grapple with how to handle violent threats," 17 May 2018 There's that homicidal frog/foreboding foghorn/evil tuba again. Meredith Bodgas, Woman's Day, "The 10 Stages of Being Awoken by Your Husband's Snoring," 29 July 2015 Falsely portraying this young girl and child star as a raging homicidal bigot is heinous, and Brown deleting her Twitter to avoid this maelstrom is a logical response to the internet’s festering orgy of toilet humor. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How the “homophobic Millie Bobby Brown” meme made the actress quit Twitter.," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of homicidal

1725, in the meaning defined above

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homicidal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of homicidal

: likely to kill someone

: of or relating to murder

homicidal

adjective
ho·mi·cid·al | \ ˌhäm-ə-ˈsīd-ᵊl , ˌhō-mə- \

Medical Definition of homicidal 

: of, relating to, or tending toward homicide

Other words from homicidal

homicidally \-ᵊl-ē \ adverb

homicidal

adjective
ho·mi·ci·dal | \ ˌhä-mə-ˈsīd-ᵊl, ˌhō- \

Legal Definition of homicidal 

: of, relating to, or tending toward homicide

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