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 Some intellectuals and artists quit their associations with the regime, including film director Carlos Lechuga, who on Facebook called the president a murderer. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 18 July 2021 The notion of Han’s murderer getting a heroic retcon led to an unofficial online #Justice4Han movement. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Olga escapes the violence of the Soviet Union for life in Milwaukee, but the reappearance of a Soviet murderer and rumors of her missing brother trouble her new life. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2021 In 1978, the Shadyside, Ohio camp was attacked by a murderer who had been possessed by Sarah Fier, a woman who haunted the town since 1666 when she was hanged for being a witch. Shannon Carlin,, 9 July 2021 Part 2: 1978 now goes back in time to an earlier decade where the joys of summer camp turn into nightmares when a murderer stalks the grounds. Nick Romano,, 5 July 2021 And the driver is either your savior — or a murderer. Felecia Wellington Radel, USA TODAY, 29 June 2021 George Floyd's murderer is sentenced, Black campus police sue white colleagues for racial harassment, and Tik Tok loses its competitive advantage. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 25 June 2021 Christian Bale's racist preppy murderer might as well be named White Privilege Man. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 18 June 2021

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First Known Use of murderer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jul 2021

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“Murderer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 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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