mur·​der·​ess | \ ˈmər-də-rəs How to pronounce murderess (audio) \

Definition of murderess

: a woman who murders

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From British everywomen and a doting assistant to a flailing sports-agent to merry, musical murderesses, Renée Zellweger's career has been nothing if not out-of-the-box. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Renée Zellweger on Her "Fantastically Violent” What/If Experience With a Co-Star Jane Levy," 24 May 2019 From poverty to servitude to mental asylums to finally a life of dusting the houses of upper class women who think having a celebrated murderess around spices up the tea time conversation, nothing about life has been fair to Grace. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Alias Grace Is the Perfect Netflix Show to Watch After The Handmaid's Tale," 30 June 2018 Lounge here with a box of chocolates and a pack of cigarettes to channel the vibe of your favorite Columbo murderess. Emma Alpern, Curbed, "The most unusual finds on Wayfair," 2 May 2018 But now, a new movie starring Chloë Sevigny as the 19th century murderess hopes to tell the story of the woman behind the violent act. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's Your First Look at Chloë Sevigny as Lizzie Borden," 24 Jan. 2018 The grim landscape painted here makes one wonder why more women didn’t commit more crimes à la murderess Grace Marks. Lorraine Ali,, "Netflix brings Margaret Atwood back to the small screen with engrossing 'Alias Grace'," 2 Nov. 2017 The logical pick is Garbine Muguruza, who won the previous major (Wimbledon) and the previous big event in Cincinnati, beating a murderesses row of opponents. The Si Staff,, "U.S. Open 2017 Preview Roundtable: Bold Predictions, Storylines and More," 24 Aug. 2017 The hilarious and oddball Candy Buckley brings the play to another level as Gloria, Sheila’s hardened and manipulative murderess mom. Pam Kragen,, "Laughs, blood flow in La Jolla Playhouse's pitch-dark 'Kill Local'," 7 Aug. 2017 The Lady is less a wilting violet who learns to bloom than, as the title implies, a cunning murderess. Charles Taylor, MSNBC Newsweek, "Cannes' Favorite 'Lady Macbeth' Isn't Daring, but It Might Be Racist," 17 July 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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