murderous

adjective mur·der·ous \ ˈmər-d(ə-)rəs \

Definition of murderous

1 a :having the purpose or capability of murder
b :characterized by or causing murder or bloodshed
2 :having the ability or power to overwhelm :devastating
  • murderous heat

murderously

adverb

murderousness

noun

Examples of murderous in a Sentence

  1. I can't stand this murderous heat.

  2. The lead runner set a murderous pace.

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First Known Use of murderous

1535


MURDEROUS Defined for English Language Learners

murderous

adjective

Definition of murderous for English Language Learners

  • : very violent or deadly

  • : very angry

  • : very harsh or severe


MURDEROUS Defined for Kids

murderous

adjective mur·der·ous \ ˈmər-də-rəs \

Definition of murderous for Students

1 :intending or capable of causing murder :deadly
  • a murderous attack
2 :very hard to bear or withstand
  • murderous heat


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