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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One of the victims was Adam Lux, his friend and fellow delegate from Mainz, who had fallen in love with Marat’s murderer, Charlotte Corday, as she was being dragged to the guillotine. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘Georg Forster’ Review: In Search of Earthly Paradise," 22 Feb. 2019 When a piece of apparel starts being associated with right wing terrorists and murderers, that would probably be a good time for people who disapprove of their actions to stop wearing that apparel. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "How the MAGA Hat Became a Symbol of Hate," 31 Jan. 2019 Not a serial murderer or a mob boss or a stick monster king? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, ""Riverdale" Midseason Premiere's Most Shocking Moments," 17 Jan. 2019 According to the Sacramento Bee, detectives in the state are currently using the family-tree tracing technology in at attempt to find one other infamous serial murderer: the Zodiac Killer. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Will We Soon Find Out the Identity of the Zodiac Killer?," 3 May 2018 Greengrass is on the most slippery of slopes here — showing a mass murderer’s violence without glorifying it and letting the gunman explain himself without feeding supremacist hatred. Mark Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "’22 July’: a powerful dramatization on 2011 Norwegian massacre," 9 Oct. 2018 France’s lineup includes a murderer’s row of talent: Giroud, Griezmann, Matuidi, Pogba, Kante. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "36 Years and No World Cup Goals: Peru Eliminated by France," 22 June 2018 When that does happen, however, the murderer gets marked prominently on the map and becomes susceptible to lucrative revenge killings from anyone else on the server. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: Fallout 76 lets you bring some company to the Apocalypse," 8 Oct. 2018 Nashville police are asking anyone with information on the murderers or the Chevrolet to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Nashville police probe if 'cold-blooded' killings are linked, warn residents to be on guard," 21 Aug. 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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