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 Police were investigating a homicide in North Portland on Wednesday after a person was found shot dead in an apartment, officials said. oregonlive, "Police investigating homicide near Cathedral Park in North Portland," 5 May 2021 After more than six months of investigating the homicide of a Wauwatosa man at Baraboo's Devil's Lake State Park, officials have no suspect and are pleading with the public for more information. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After over six months, the person who killed a Wauwatosa man at Devil's Lake State Park in October is still at large," 5 May 2021 On Monday, police said an autopsy showed the cause of death was inflicted head trauma with blunt force injury to the torso, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide. Washington Post, "Maryland man charged with murder after the death of his 2-month-old son," 3 May 2021 Indianapolis police are investigating a homicide after a man was found dead on the city's northwest side Friday afternoon. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis police investigating homicide on city's northwest side," 1 May 2021 Birmingham police are investigating a double homicide after two males were found shot Thursday night. Jeremy Gray | Jgray@al.com, al, "2 dead in late night shooting in Birmingham," 30 Apr. 2021 Howard County Police are investigating a domestic homicide Monday in which a man killed his wife inside a residence in Ellicott City, the department said in a news release late Monday night. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Man kills wife in Ellicott City residence, Howard County Police say," 26 Apr. 2021 Cincinnati police are investigating an overnight homicide in College Hill. Jennifer Edwards Baker, The Enquirer, "Woman, 39, killed in College Hill shooting," 26 Apr. 2021 Police are investigating a homicide after a body was dropped off at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Police investigating homicide after body left at Little Rock hospital," 1 Apr. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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“Homicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homicide. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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homicide

noun

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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