mur·​der·​ous | \ ˈmər-d(ə-)rəs How to pronounce murderous (audio) \

Definition of murderous

1a : 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

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Other Words from murderous

murderously adverb
murderousness noun

Examples of murderous in a Sentence

I can't stand this murderous heat. The lead runner set a murderous pace.
Recent Examples on the Web The Sheriff’s Office did not reveal details about how the murderous scene played out except to say deputies were not involved in the shooting. Alex Deluca,, 10 June 2021 Loki’s there to help the authorities capture a more murderous version of himself. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 8 June 2021 See, their father was a murderous demon and their mother — marvelously portrayed by Elizabeth Marvel, truly the best and most chilling part of the show — was possessed by another demon. Ew Staff,, 8 June 2021 Nero, who was enthroned in Rome in 54 A.D., at the age of sixteen, and went on to rule for nearly a decade and a half, developed a reputation for tyranny, murderous cruelty, and decadence that has survived for nearly two thousand years. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 This murderous band becomes a large criminal organization, with its own secret signs and symbols, that has infiltrated various societies of the time. The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 June 2021 Gone is her psychotic look and her murderous, vengeful hatred for everything around her. Jhaan Elker, Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Oh, there's also a fearsome, murderous creature on the loose, and things get really hairy when a group of folks hunker down in the local inn with a killer amongst them. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 2 June 2021 The former exiled journalists pass down their knowledge and experience to the younger generation who have suddenly found themselves the public enemy of a murderous regime intent on wiping out the truth and replacing it with its own. Helen Regan, Rebecca Wright And Paula Hancocks, CNN, 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of murderous

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of murderous was in 1535

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14 Jun 2021

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“Murderous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of murderous

: very violent or deadly
: very angry
: very harsh or severe


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

Kids Definition of murderous

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


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