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 An unidentified male victim was hospitalized with a gunshot wound, and homicide investigators were called to take over the investigation due to the extent of his injuries, officials said. Lea Skene, Baltimore Sun, 1 Aug. 2022 That means it was not known whether the case would be treated as a homicide or a death investigation. Adriana Pérez, Chicago Tribune, 31 July 2022 Angela Wagner also hacked into social media accounts, which is how the homicide plot first surfaced, according to the indictment. Chris Graves, Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2022 Bloomfield police and the state prosecutor’s office plan to upgrade the charge to homicide. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 31 July 2022 Those with information are asked to call the Cincinnati police homicide investigators at 513-352-3542. Erin Couch, The Enquirer, 31 July 2022 The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, which released the video to the public, says the four men committed the beatings over a nine-month period and discovered the videos of the attacks while investigating a homicide earlier this month. Andrew Mark Miller, Fox News, 30 July 2022 Koji Yakusho), a dedicated homicide investigator leading a task force into a series of unexplained, grisly murders. Katie Rife, EW.com, 30 July 2022 As of Friday, the District’s official homicide count stood at 124, an 11 percent increase over this time last year. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 See More

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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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4 Aug 2022

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“Homicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homicide. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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

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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