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 Since the late nineteen-seventies, Danzig has often sung beautifully about murderous rage. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Glenn Danzig Sings Elvis," 12 May 2020 Not to mention, these bugs aren’t inherently more murderous or terrifying than ones already common on our soil. Sara Kiley Watson, Outdoor Life, "Murder Hornets are Coming (But Probably Not for You)," 6 May 2020 Jabůrková’s courage and idealism can’t withstand the murderous resolve of the Third Reich, just as no one individual can derail a totalitarian system. Jeremy Lybarger, The New York Review of Books, "The Mordant Fables of Juraj Herz," 20 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, Villanelle is in Barcelona and up to her murderous ways. Alicia Kortendick, oregonlive, "‘Killing Eve’ returns tonight: How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time," 12 Apr. 2020 But beyond demonstrating their terrible mortality through a monarch’s incessant murderous threats, Carroll reminds us, insistently, of what a body can do—particularly ones with gestational capability. Longreads, "“The Leaky Vessel”: On Lewis Carroll and the Perils of Being Female," 27 Mar. 2020 One player is the shark, while the rest must find a way to get rid of the menacing, murderous creature. Popular Science, "Revamped classic games that deliver more than nostalgia," 14 Oct. 2019 While the docs, led by Hoffman’s virologist character, work desperately to locate it and find a cure, a ruthless Army general (Sutherland at his most vicious) spearheads a murderous plan to keep the virus from spreading. Jeanne Jakle,, "Jeanne Jakle: Why movies about pandemics are catching on," 24 Mar. 2020 No more of my dense cries and heavy songs about time’s hardships, my mood, gunfights in schools, our murderous American sunshine. W. S. Di Piero, The New Yorker, "Aubade," 23 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of murderous

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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24 May 2020

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“Murderous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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