homicide

noun
ho·​mi·​cide | \ ˈhä-mə-ˌsīd How to pronounce homicide (audio) , ˈhō- How to pronounce homicide (audio) \

Definition of homicide

1 : a person who kills another
2 : a killing of one human being by another detectives investigating a homicide

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Examples of homicide in a Sentence

The number of homicides increased last year. He has been arrested for homicide.
Recent Examples on the Web Taylor said homicide is a symptom of deeper issues. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How Milwaukee mayoral candidates plan to address some of the city's pressing issues," 14 Feb. 2020 Davidson County Chief Medical Examiner Feng Li said autopsies are typically routine after an execution because they are classified as homicides. USA TODAY, "Rock slides wreak havoc, close encounters with great white shark, gray whale: News from around our 50 states," 14 Feb. 2020 The Pentagon says another soldier has died in Afghanistan, this time from a non-combat incident, which usually means accident, suicide, or sometimes homicide. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Trump’s plan to strip planes, ships, and vehicles from Pentagon budget to fund border wall draws bipartisan howls of protest from Congress," 14 Feb. 2020 Davidson County Chief Medical Examiner Feng Li says autopsies are typically routine after an execution because they are classified as homicides. Washington Post, "No autopsies performed on Tennessee’s electrocutions," 13 Feb. 2020 The last time Collin County tried a death penalty case was in February 2009, when Raul Cortez was sentenced to death for a quadruple homicide in McKinney. Dallas News, "Man accused of killing Richardson cop during ambush faces death penalty trial next week," 13 Feb. 2020 Anderson noted that 2019 was Albuquerque's deadliest year with 82 homicides recorded. Fox News, "Albuquerque faces looming battle with DOJ over sanctuary policies, crime-fighting grants," 13 Feb. 2020 Detroit police say this vehicle shows two homicide suspects get in one victim's vehicle before the shots were fired about 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 2020, in the 10100 block of West McNichols Road on Detroit's west side. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Police release video of DJ Slick B's fatal robbery," 11 Feb. 2020 Paul Gill, 46, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, failure to control and a hit-skip violation in the crash that killed Ruben Diaz, police said. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Vermilion man charged with OVI in hit-and-run crash that killed Lorain bicyclist," 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of homicide

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for homicide

in sense 1, from Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin homicida, from homo human being + -cida -cide; in sense 2, from Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin homicidium, from homo + -cidium -cide

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The first known use of homicide was in the 14th century

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Homicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homicide. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for homicide

homicide

noun
How to pronounce homicide (audio) How to pronounce homicide (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of homicide

chiefly US : the act of killing another person

homicide

noun
ho·​mi·​cide | \ ˈhä-mə-ˌsīd How to pronounce homicide (audio) , ˈhō-mə- \

Kids Definition of homicide

: a killing of one human being by another

homicide

noun
ho·​mi·​cide | \ ˈhäm-ə-ˌsīd How to pronounce homicide (audio) , ˈhō-mə- How to pronounce homicide (audio) \

Medical Definition of homicide

1 : a person who kills another
2 : a killing of one human being by another — compare genocide

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homicide

noun
ho·​mi·​cide | \ ˈhä-mə-ˌsīd, ˈhō- How to pronounce homicide (audio) \

Legal Definition of homicide

1 : a person who kills another
2 : the killing of one human being by another — compare manslaughter, murder
criminal homicide
: homicide committed by a person with a criminal state of mind (as intentionally, with premeditation, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence)
deliberate homicide
: homicide caused purposely and knowingly used in Montana
excusable homicide
: homicide that is committed by accident or misfortune by a person doing a lawful act by lawful means with usual and ordinary caution and without any unlawful intent and that is excused under the law also : justifiable homicide in this entry
felonious homicide
: homicide committed without justification
homicide by misadventure
: homicide that occurs as the result of an accident caused by a person doing a lawful act with no unlawful intent
justifiable homicide
: homicide that is committed in self-defense, in defense of another and especially a member of one's family or sometimes in defense of a residence, in preventing a felony especially involving great bodily harm, or in performing a legal duty and that is justified under the law also : excusable homicide in this entry
negligent homicide
: homicide caused by a person's criminally negligent act
reckless homicide
: homicide caused by a person's reckless acts

Note: In Illinois, involuntary manslaughter committed by use of a motor vehicle is called reckless homicide.

vehicular homicide \ vē-​ˈhi-​kyə-​lər-​ \
: homicide committed by the use of a vehicle (as an automobile or boat)

History and Etymology for homicide

Latin homicidium, from homo human being + caedere to cut, kill

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