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 Tensions between America and Iran spiked last week after a U.S. airstrike killed Qassem Soleimani, a powerful Iranian military leader whom both Republicans and Democrats have denounced as a murderer and a terrorist. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul praise Trump's response to Iran missile strike," 8 Jan. 2020 Fifty-five percent of murder-suicides involving a male murderer and three or more victims were perpetrated by family annihilators, the report found. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: On family annihilators, lockup disparities and falling for sales," 6 Dec. 2019 The idea that people actually want to be with the psychopath and the murderer is a joke. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Victoria Pedretti Explains That Wild Plot Twist in You Season 2," 27 Dec. 2019 DeWine’s announcement means that the next death-row inmate set to die is Gregory Lott, a Cleveland murderer, on March 12, 2020. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine pushes back Cleveland killer’s execution date," 20 Dec. 2019 Granted with money, resources, and celebrity, these crusaders are addicts, murderers, racists, rapists, homophobes, and more. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“Watchmen,” “The Boys,” and the False Hope That Superheroes Can Save Us," 17 Dec. 2019 Rounds of questioning culminated in guesses at who the murderer could be. Lauren Warnecke,, "Review: Murder mysteries and a few bright moments in Hubbard Street Dance’s fall series," 9 Nov. 2019 However, scientists estimate that only about one in five mass murderers are psychotic or delusional. Michael Dowling For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Enough is enough. I'm calling on health care CEOs to take a stand on gun control," 22 Aug. 2019 But fans are already coming up with their own theories and a cryptic post from 13 Reasons Why star, Christian Navarro has people wondering whether the murderer is actually Tony Padilla. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Is "13 Reasons Why" Star Christian Navarro Hinting at Who Killed Bryce Walker?," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of murderer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Murderer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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