mur·​der·​er | \ ˈmər-dər-ər How to pronounce murderer (audio) \

Definition of murderer

: one who murders especially : one who commits the crime of murder

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Examples of murderer in a Sentence

the murderer was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole
Recent Examples on the Web But when the murderer goes AWOL, the girls are left with no choice but to keep the bodies hitting the floor to keep themselves close to the headlines. Jordan Crucchiola, Vulture, "The 40 Best Horror Movies on Hulu Right Now," 17 Jan. 2021 The naked butt jutted out, forcing the viewer of the painting to gaze up at the massive glutes and thighs, much like the mother of the unfortunate infant under the murderer’s knife. New York Times, "The Lusty Creativity of Cornelis Cornelisz von Haarlem," 13 Jan. 2021 Victim Lise, who flies to a southern European city seemingly in search of her murderer, wears garish clothes, creates a trail of incidents and makes odd, Samuel Beckett-type comments as if to provide the material for witness statements. Lynne Truss, WSJ, "Five Best: Lynne Truss on British Literary Murders," 4 Dec. 2020 Meeker plays one of several characters drawn into bounty hunter Howard Kemp’s (James Stewart) attempt to collect an enormous bounty on Ben Vandergroat (Robert Ryan), a murderer and rapist wanted for killing a marshal. Keith Phipps, Vulture, "The 50 Greatest Western Movies of All Time," 18 Jan. 2021 Gildon declined to provide specifics about what evidence police will submit because that’s information known only to them and Amber’s murderer. Dallas News, "‘This case will get solved’: Arlington police hope DNA evidence in Amber Hagerman’s case will lead to answers," 13 Jan. 2021 Despite a 10-year sentence, the murderer was released from prison this month. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Release of son’s killer opens wounds for family," 23 June 2020 While the blood in question probably only belonged to the murder victim here, there could have been traces of the murderer's blood as well. Hannah Rimm,, "Just Wondering: Can A Dishwasher Remove DNA From A Hammer?," 1 Dec. 2020 The case has become politically charged, with many on the right describing the teen as a patriot while those on the left have called him a murderer. Joe Barrett, WSJ, "Kyle Rittenhouse Attorneys Plan to Fight Extradition to Wisconsin," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of murderer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of murderer was in the 14th century

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24 Feb 2021

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“Murderer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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mur·​der·​er | \ ˈmər-dər-ər How to pronounce murderer (audio) \

Legal Definition of murderer

: a person who commits murder

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