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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Synonyms for homicide

Synonyms

blood, foul play, murder, rubout, slaying

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Examples of homicide in a Sentence

The number of homicides increased last year. He has been arrested for homicide.

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The district attorney’s office is treating the matter as a homicide and a suspect, a 19-year-old man, was in custody Thursday night. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "At least three men stabbed, one fatally, in North Attleborough," 29 Aug. 2019 The Broward Medical Examiner ruled the deaths as homicides. CBS News, "Warrants issued for nursing home workers allegedly linked to patient deaths during Hurricane Irma," 24 Aug. 2019 Meriden detectives on Friday would say nothing about the investigation into her death, but said it is being investigated as a homicide. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Police: Body found in Waterbury is missing Meriden woman," 23 Aug. 2019 The boy’s death was classified as homicide from diphenhydramine (di-fen-HI-druh-meen) intoxication. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge rejects Delaware woman’s appeal in daycare death," 23 Aug. 2019 Oakland police are investigating the incident as a homicide, and are conducting a follow-up probe on the circumstances surrounding the death. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland homicide victim IDd as Garden Grove man," 22 Aug. 2019 Police are investigating Hudson's death as a homicide and have not provided further information. Dallas News, "Woman found in burning SUV near Lowest Greenville remembered as joyful person, fly fisher," 22 Aug. 2019 Any death recorded by HCIFS as a homicide is included in the database. Houston Chronicle Staff, Houston Chronicle, "About the Houston Chronicle Homicide Report," 21 Aug. 2019 Police are investigating the case as a homicide, and have asked anyone with more information to call Gresham Police at 503-618-2719. oregonlive.com, "Gresham Police identify victim in Saturday’s fatal stabbing," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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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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