homicide

noun ho·mi·cide \ ˈhä-mə-ˌsīd , ˈhō- \

Definition of homicide

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

Examples of homicide in a Sentence

  1. The number of homicides increased last year.

  2. He has been arrested for homicide.

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Origin and Etymology of 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


HOMICIDE Defined for English Language Learners

homicide

noun

Definition of homicide for English Language Learners

  • : the act of killing another person


HOMICIDE Defined for Kids

homicide

noun ho·mi·cide \ ˈhä-mə-ˌsīd , ˈhō-mə- \

Definition of homicide for Students

:a killing of one human being by another

Medical Dictionary

homicide

noun ho·mi·cide \ ˈhäm-ə-ˌsīd , ˈhō-mə- \

medical Definition of homicide

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

Law Dictionary

homicide

noun ho·mi·cide \ ˈhä-mə-ˌsīd, ˈhō- \

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)

Origin and Etymology of homicide

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



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