mur·​der·​er ˈmər-dər-ər How to pronounce murderer (audio)
: one who murders
especially : one who commits the crime of murder

Examples of murderer in a Sentence

the murderer was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole
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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Murderer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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mur·​der·​er ˈmər-dər-ər How to pronounce murderer (audio)
: a person who commits murder

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