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

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The line-up from the glory years (1946-48) featured a murderer’s row of talent that included Earl Scruggs on banjo, Lester Flatt on guitar and vocals, and Chubby Wise on fiddle. Eddie Dean, WSJ, "‘Bill Monroe’ and ‘Blue Grass Generation’ Review: The Blue Grass Boy," 27 Sep. 2018 Like so many black victims in our country, George’s life story was completely rewritten by the defense attorneys for his murderers. Calandrian Simpson Kemp, Newsweek, "Give Teachers Guns, And More Black Children Will Die," 16 Mar. 2018 Keep in mind that hundreds of reporters, thousands of spectators, and many celebrities attended the trial of Charles Lindbergh Jr.’s kidnapper and murderer. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019 Idris Elba has scored four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role as John Luther, an obsessive, dedicated, and sometimes violent police officer investigating Morgan, a brilliant psychopath and murderer. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "8 TV Shows Like 'Killing Eve' to Binge If You Can't Wait for Season 2," 17 Jan. 2019 House of Cards is about a lying, villainous murderer. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Kevin Spacey released a bizarre video evoking Frank Underwood, apparently to defend himself," 24 Dec. 2018 Just then, a news bulletin comes in over the radio warning the town about escaped convicted murderer Archie Andrews. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 5: Can Archie Escape From a Teenage Fight Club?!," 15 Nov. 2018 Unfortunately, this pen pal is a serial murderer who claims he was inspired by Betty herself. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything That Happened On "Riverdale" Season 2," 8 Oct. 2018 The ease and accessibility with which the murderer in Parkland obtained his rifle and committed a massacre at a high school reminded me of a memory that was once funny but is now troubling. Elise Jordan, Time, "I’ve Supported the Second Amendment My Whole Life. It’s Time for Reasonable Gun Control," 31 Mar. 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 How to pronounce murderer (audio) \

Legal Definition of murderer

: a person who commits murder

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