homicide

noun

ho·​mi·​cide ˈhä-mə-ˌsīd How to pronounce homicide (audio) ˈhō- How to pronounce homicide (audio)
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

The number of homicides increased last year. He has been arrested for homicide.
Recent Examples on the Web The manner of his death was later determined to be a homicide. Muri Assunção, New York Daily News, 9 July 2024 The killing is 14th homicide in Kansas City, Kansas, this year, according to data tracked by The Star. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 9 July 2024 The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office determined July 1 the preliminary cause of his death to be a homicide. David Clarey, USA TODAY, 9 July 2024 Karen Read's mistrial likely 'hurt the re-trial of this case': Ted Williams Fox News contributor and former D.C. homicide detective Ted Williams reacts to Karen Read allegedly cuddling up to her lawyer and the mistrial decision. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for homicide 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of homicide was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Homicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homicide. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

homicide

noun
ho·​mi·​cide ˈhäm-ə-ˌsīd How to pronounce homicide (audio) ˈhō-mə- How to pronounce homicide (audio)
: a killing of one human being by another
Etymology

Middle English homicide "the killing of a person," from early French homicide (same meaning), from Latin homicidium "the act of killing a man," from homo "man" and -cidium "the act of killing," from caedere "to kill, cut"

Medical Definition

homicide

noun
ho·​mi·​cide ˈhäm-ə-ˌsīd How to pronounce homicide (audio) ˈhō-mə- How to pronounce homicide (audio)
1
: a person who kills another
2
: a killing of one human being by another compare genocide

Legal Definition

homicide

noun
ho·​mi·​cide ˈhä-mə-ˌsīd, ˈhō- How to pronounce homicide (audio)
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)
Etymology

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

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