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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The viewer finds themselves in the uncomfortable position of having empathy for a man who may or may not be a murderer., "Candace Zamperini Is The Staircase's Most Polarizing Figure," 15 June 2018 As Cunanan was well-known in the gay community, and had murdered an ex-boyfriend, the investigation attempted to make ties between Miglin's family and his murderer. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Was Lee Miglin? American Crime Story Explores Andrew Cunanan's Victims Before Versace," 25 Jan. 2018 His murderer was a paranoid former student who had stalked him for months, and who sympathised with fascism. The Economist, "Talking headsThe scientific debates of the Vienna circle," 11 Jan. 2018 But other jurors thought a man who could chop up a body had to have been a murderer. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "What It Was Really Like to Be a Juror in the Robert Durst Trial," 26 July 2017 Nothing gives us the chills more than watching a horror movie late at night that's filled with creepy music and vicious murderers. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "This Cat Being Scared By a Cucumber Will Give You ALL The Giggles," 9 July 2015 Yet romance generally takes a back seat to the interpersonal drama between the crew members—one of whom is suspected of being a murderer—and the vivid portrait of nautical life. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Foreign Discover the work of noted Japanese genre director Umetsugu Inoue," 30 May 2018 Nessie was with her mother on the day of the murderers, and saw her siblings’ bodies. Maureen O'connor, The Cut, "Sentenced to Life in Prison, the Nanny Sobs (for Herself)," 14 May 2018 Actually, the drunken driver and the triple murderer were only a few points apart on their risk assessment score, a complex number system Idaho and other states use to classify prisoners as minimum-, medium- or maximum-security risks. Rebecca Boone, idahostatesman, "In prison for DUI, he shared a cell with a murderer — and now, he’s dead | Idaho Statesman," 15 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 \

Legal Definition of murderer 

: a person who commits murder

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