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

Examples of murderer in a Sentence

the murderer was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole
Recent Examples on the Web Is Lying's first season — only to then kill the real murderer and cover up his death in the finale in a massive departure from author Karen M. McManus' books. Ew Staff,, 9 Sep. 2022 The group is left with trying to figure out the true identity of the murderer without becoming the killer's next victim. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 19 July 2022 This is not the story of a murderer lurking on the shore. Lesley Finn, Longreads, 7 July 2022 Remove the paintings from the museums because Caravaggio was a murderer? Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Aug. 2022 One person distributes pieces of paper to the players at random, and whoever gets one with an X on it is secretly the murderer. Danielle Momoh,, 8 Aug. 2022 Pete's star power is on full display in his role as David, a rich trust fund kid who just may be a murderer. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 19 July 2022 Kya is revealed to be the murderer, but the killing has moral justification. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 14 July 2022 But whatever provocation Putin might have felt with the United States or from the United States —and from Joe Biden calling him a murderer, in particular—there is absolutely no justification, excuse, or validation to decide to bomb a nation. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of murderer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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16 Sep 2022

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“Murderer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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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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