homicidal

adjective

ho·​mi·​cid·​al ˌhä-mə-ˈsī-dᵊl How to pronounce homicidal (audio)
ˌhō-
: of, relating to, or tending toward homicide
homicidally adverb

Examples of homicidal in a Sentence

court-appointed psychiatrists have described the accused as a sociopath with homicidal tendencies who is a danger to himself and others
Recent Examples on the Web The sorrow and anger repressed within him are as fearsome as the cinematic zombies, ghouls and homicidal maniacs that have seized his imagination. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024 According to the autopsy report, the official cause of death was homicidal violence. Jordan Kinsey, CBS News, 12 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for homicidal 

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Word History

First Known Use

1725, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of homicidal was in 1725

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“Homicidal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homicidal. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

homicidal

adjective
ho·​mi·​cid·​al ˌhäm-ə-ˈsīd-ᵊl How to pronounce homicidal (audio)
ˌhō-mə-
: of, relating to, or having tendencies toward the killing of another person : murderous
homicidally adverb

Medical Definition

homicidal

adjective
ho·​mi·​cid·​al ˌhäm-ə-ˈsīd-ᵊl How to pronounce homicidal (audio) ˌhō-mə- How to pronounce homicidal (audio)
: of, relating to, or tending toward homicide
homicidally adverb

Legal Definition

homicidal

adjective
ho·​mi·​ci·​dal ˌhä-mə-ˈsīd-ᵊl, ˌhō- How to pronounce homicidal (audio)
: of, relating to, or tending toward homicide

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