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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Many mass murderers and other criminals have left behind an online trail Beierle’s YouTube and SoundCloud history is rife with violent sexism. Anna North, Vox, "How mass shooters practice their hate online," 4 Nov. 2018 The group includes a cocaine dealer, three murderers and a guy roughly the size of a Volkswagen who was convicted of manslaughter., Indianapolis Star, "Colt Lundy: A prison of his own making," 10 May 2014 This does, in some ways, confirm what Camille has always suspected: That the murderer was a woman. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The 10 Biggest Moments From 'Sharp Objects' Episode 7," 20 Aug. 2018 This is not some CSI-style procedural, where catching murderers is a high-tech, bloodless, impersonal operation. Noel Murray, The Verge, "This weekend, stream some ‘Nordic noir’ on Netflix, starting with Deadwind," 9 Nov. 2018 In that cult classic series, the murderer’s hair turns white overnight after he is possessed by a demon. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "The Best "Riverdale" Season 3 Fan Theories, According to Reddit," 1 Oct. 2018 His murderers were never convicted, despite testimony against them and a later confession. Gabby Raymond, Time, "The Justice Department Has Reopened Its Investigation of Emmett Till's Murder. Here Are 5 Things to Know About the Case," 12 July 2018 Jeremy Renner got his big break as one of America’s most infamous serial murderers: Jeffrey Dahmer., "Serial Killers Who Inspired Haunting Hollywood Portrayals," 12 July 2018 The story centers on two actual female murderers in Chicago of the 1920s. Hugh Hunter,, "'Chicago' at Broadway Theatre of Pitman: Lots of talent, entertainment," 8 July 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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