noun mur·drum \ˈmərdrəm\

Definition of murdrum



early English law

  1. 1 :  murder; especially :  a killing in secret

  2. 2 :  a fine exacted under the Norman kings from the hundred in which a person was slain unless the slayer was produced or proof was given that the slain person was not a Franco-Norman

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Origin and Etymology of murdrum

Medieval Latin, murder, fine for murder, from Old French murdre murder — more at murder

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to criticize severely

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