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

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 One was of a cowed man who took great risks to testify against his murderous ex-girlfriend, and a police force determined to bury his account. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2022 What exactly is the left’s criteria when companies largely controlled by Mr. Putin’s murderous regime are ranked higher than American companies? Mike Pence, WSJ, 26 May 2022 Newman published the book in January, before most of the Western world had to reckon with Putin’s murderous, kleptocratic regime. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Apr. 2022 Internationally, their farming town of more than 15,000 is now, and will be for years to come, linked with a teenager’s murderous rampage. Eric Killelea, San Antonio Express-News, 30 May 2022 The horror at Robb Elementary came just 10 days after the murderous rampage at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, where another 18-year-old faces charges in those killings. ABC News, 29 May 2022 Salvador Ramos, was praying on the front porch of her parents' Uvalde home on Thursday evening, the same home where her son allegedly shot his grandmother on Tuesday before going on a murderous rampage at an elementary school less than a mile away. Paul Best, Fox News, 27 May 2022 In the first Fantastic Beasts film, the shift from meeting playful critters to contending with a murderous antagonist resulted in severe tonal whiplash. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 20 Apr. 2022 The murderous acts of the Myanmar military will not stop until their income fails. Zin Mar Aung, CNN, 1 July 2022 See More

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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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13 Aug 2022

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“Murderous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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