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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These are murderous terrorists with American blood on their hands. Marc A. Thiessen, The Mercury News, "Thiessen: Imagine if Obama had sought a photo op with terrorists," 12 Sep. 2019 In Tigers Are Not Afraid (now available to watch on Shudder), young actress Paola Lara plays an orphan named Estrella who joins a gang of kids in an unnamed Mexican town and attempts to evade the murderous attentions of a drug cartel. Clark Collis,, "Tigers Are Not Afraid director recommends three modern horror movie classics," 12 Sep. 2019 Dorian's murderous 40-hour stall over Grand Bahama on Sunday and Monday is something weather experts had not seen. oregonlive, "Hurricane Dorian takes aim at Carolinas; relief effort underway in Bahamas," 4 Sep. 2019 Salander's antisocial behaviors include tossing a Molotov cocktail at her murderous Russian spy father and watching him burn to a crisp in the front seat of his Mercedes. Richard Lipez, Dallas News, "Lisbeth Salander is back -- and angrier than ever," 26 Aug. 2019 The cancellation of the show has murderous consequences. Briana Rice,, "Banana Splits has a new movie, and surprise! It's a horror film," 21 Aug. 2019 Laura Plyler is Lady Macbeth, the ruthlessly ambitious woman whose relentless goading unleashes the murderous tyrant in her husband., "Review: A dark and earnest ‘Macbeth’ from New City Players," 16 Aug. 2019 Manson was well on his way to infamy, becoming a murderous icon and a symbol of an age. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "How the Manson murders changed Hollywood, explained by Joan Didion," 8 Aug. 2019 These migrations destabilized the Roman Empire and helped the Huns gain a murderous reputation. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Who were the ruthless warriors behind Attila the Hun?," 12 Sep. 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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