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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Other Words from homicidal

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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For every laughable toy-cum-homicidal maniac (see: The Boy) there is probably at least one plastic predator whose face has kept you up at night. Jennifer M. Wood, WIRED, "Horror for Dummies: The 9 Best Killer Doll Movies to Stream Right Now," 28 June 2019 Forensic officials have determined that 4-year-old Maleah Davis died by homicidal violence, according to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Maleah Davis died by “homicidal violence,” medical examiner says," 28 June 2019 Also, as visceral and homicidal as Dourif’s vocals are, Hamill takes it to the next level, giving Chucky a heartfelt bent at first that twists into gleeful evil as the doll goes off the rails and hatches a superstore showdown with his human enemies. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Who's scarier in 'Child's Play': The original Chucky or Mark Hamill's devil doll?," 20 June 2019 Christensen began driving around near campus starting that morning, hunting for a victim to fulfill a homicidal fantasy, prosecutors allege. Washington Post, "Witness: Suspect in slaying tried to get her into his car," 18 June 2019 And when informants commit murder, the state has an incentive to keep its homicidal secrets hidden from the citizens it is sworn to protect. Alex Gibney, The New York Review of Books, "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks," 22 Feb. 2019 His cause of death is listed as homicidal asphyxia with compression of neck, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Drummer Lawrence Leathers Found Dead at 37 in Building Stairwell," 4 June 2019 First introduced to horror audiences in 1988’s original Child’s Play, Chucky starred in six sequels, most recently delivering his brand of homicidal mayhem in 2017’s Cult of Chucky. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Mark Hamill's Chucky asks 'Are we having fun?' in first Child's Play clip," 4 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of homicidal

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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