murderess

noun

mur·​der·​ess ˈmər-də-rəs How to pronounce murderess (audio)
: a woman who murders

Examples of murderess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Oscar and two-time Emmy winner has remained a consistent bright light up on the screen for three decades now, ever since her film debut as a murderess teenager in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures (1994). Jeff Conway, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 In 1975, Rivera originated the role of Velma Kelly, a 1920s Chicago murderess, in the musical Chicago alongside Gwen Verdon as Roxie Hart. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 30 Jan. 2024 Other big names who have portrayed Roxie's dance shoes onstage over the years include Ann Reinking, Ashlee Simpson Ross and Michelle Williams, as well as Renée Zellweger in the 2002 Chicago film adaptation opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones as rival and fellow murderess Velma Kelly. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 23 Mar. 2022 Other big names who have stepped into Roxie's dance shoes on stage over the years include Ann Reinking, Ashlee Simpson Ross and Michelle Williams, as well as Renée Zellweger in the 2002 Chicago film adaptation opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones as rival and fellow murderess Velma Kelly. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2022 Within the first 15 minutes of Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, the eponymous housewife — who is inspired by the real-life 1980s murderess of the same name — nearly burns down a house, drives a massive SUV into a different home, and terrifies a mental health professional. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 3 June 2020 You’re not supposed to root for these murderesses, their corrupt lawyer, or the tabloid girl reporter. Vulture, 31 Mar. 2023 Renée Zellweger also played Hart in the 2002 Chicago film adaptation opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones as rival and fellow murderess Velma Kelly. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 11 Apr. 2023 Other big names who have portrayed Roxie onstage over the years include Ann Reinking, Ashlee Simpson Ross and Michelle Williams, as well as Renée Zellweger in the 2002 Chicago film adaptation opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones as rival and fellow murderess Velma Kelly. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 23 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of murderess was in the 14th century

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“Murderess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/murderess. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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