mur·​der·​er | \ˈmər-dər-ər \

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

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Glenn Close can play a ruthless puppy murderer in 101 Dalmatians and still be your favorite thing on-screen. Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "Glenn Close May Be History’s Greatest Mother of the Bride," 2 July 2018 Without Blunt’s character on hand to serve as an audience surrogate, the film’s sympathies instead shift to Gillick, a cold-blooded murderer with a longstanding personal vendetta against the cartels. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Sicario: Day of the Soldado," 2 July 2018 In recent years, Black Lives Matter activists — who condemn the department’s continued use of deadly force — have targeted Beck at weekly Police Commission meetings, demanding that he be fired and calling him a murderer. Cindy Chang,, "Retiring after more than 40 years, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has evolved with the department he leads," 24 June 2018 Villaraigosa Did Antonio Villaraigosa help a murderer? Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Welcome to Election Day. Here's everything you need to know, before and after you vote," 5 June 2018 When Ana's mild-mannered coworker turns out to be evil due to everyone in the publishing industry being a murderer and/or henchman. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "The 30 Most Deranged, Sexy, and WTF Moments from 'Fifty Shades Freed'," 8 Feb. 2018 Froggatt stars in Dark Angel, a tv movie centered around Mary Ann Cotton, Britain's first female serial killer, a murderer more deadly than the infamous Jack the Ripper. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Downton Abbey Star Joanne Froggatt Returns to PBS in a Gruesome New Role," 29 Apr. 2017 Many limbs were shed, but the murderer is still at large. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "The two improv teams in Oh Hell Yeah demonstrate that timing is everything," 22 June 2018 In the Golden State Killer case, police uploaded crime-scene data to to search for family members of the suspected murderer and rapist. Fortune, "DNA Detectives Are Searching for Killers in Your Family Tree," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of murderer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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mur·​der·​er | \ˈmər-dər-ər \

Legal Definition of murderer 

: a person who commits murder

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