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 autopsy shows that Brooks suffered from two gunshot wounds to his back and his death was ruled a homicide. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Atlanta police department morale "is down ten-fold," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says," 18 June 2020 Floyd’s death was later ruled a homicide, and the four officers involved now face criminal charges, including Chauvin for second-degree murder. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "Body Cameras Haven't Stopped Police Brutality. Here's Why," 17 June 2020 The manner of Brooks' death has been ruled a homicide, but police officers are generally granted a fairly wide berth in their decisions to use force, especially in tense situations. Jorge Ortiz And Will Peebles, USA TODAY, "Rayshard Brooks died after a police officer shot him. What happens now?," 17 June 2020 The video played a key role in our examination of Garcia’s death, which was ruled a homicide by the coroner. Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica, "Why We Are Publishing Video of the Hours Before Phillip Garcia Died in Custody," 16 June 2020 His death has been ruled a homicide, and the officer who shot Brooks, Garrett Rolfe, has been fired. NBC News, "911 call before Rayshard Brooks' fatal shooting by police is released," 16 June 2020 The office, which performed Mr. Brooks’ autopsy Sunday, said the manner of death was a homicide resulting from gunshot wounds to his back. Jennifer Calfas, WSJ, "Coverage of the Unrest Sparked by George Floyd’s Killing," 15 June 2020 Gray’s death was ruled a homicide, and the six arresting officers were charged with 28 criminal charges — including second degree murder — but were later acquitted. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Says Defunding Police Departments Is a 'Terrible Idea'," 11 June 2020 Ambler's death was ruled a homicide according to a death report filed with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, according KXAN. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "Live PD Canceled After It Was Revealed Show Filmed a Black Man's Death in Custody," 10 June 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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28 Jun 2020

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“Homicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homicide. Accessed 2 Jul. 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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