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.

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Americans would do well to ignore this toxic habit of political blame for murderous acts by the racist, anti-Semitic or mentally disturbed. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Oldest Hatred," 28 Oct. 2018 For unlike threats of old, mutually assured destruction is no deterrent, for the murderous martyr the more the merrier. Greg Gutfeld, Fox News, "Gutfeld on the 17th anniversary of 9/11," 12 Sep. 2018 Rodman was lambasted for these trips in the past, accused of being used as a tool for a murderous dictator. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The case of the curiously compelling Dennis Rodman-Chris Cuomo interview," 12 June 2018 Ratched will provide an origin story for Nurse Ratched, the murderous nurse from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," 15 Jan. 2019 President Bolsonaro swept to victory in October last year on promises to get tough on crime and help Brazilians feel safer in what has become the most murderous country in the world. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Brazil’s Justice Minister Vows to Combat Corruption," 24 Jan. 2019 When many people think of rabies, ideas from popular culture may dominate: Stephen King’s murderous Saint Bernard, Cujo, or the tragically ill Old Yeller. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "What Happens When You Get Rabies? An Epidemiologist Explains," 24 Jan. 2019 Brazil has the highest number of homicides of any nation Opposition to strict gun laws rises as violence increases In the world’s most murderous country, gun control is starting to lose its appeal. David Biller,, "People Are Ready to Buy Some Guns in the World’s Murder Capital," 20 Mar. 2018 Former Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley is now playing a stalking, murderous boyfriend on You, a thriller that recently moved to Netflix from Lifetime. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Penn Badgley Reminds Fans His "You" Character Joe Goldberg Is the Worst," 9 Jan. 2019

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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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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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