Thesaurus

kill

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of kill

  1. 1 to deprive of life during the war more soldiers were killed by disease than anything else Synonyms of kill carry off, claim, croak [slang], destroy, dispatch, do in, fell, slay, take Words Related to kill bump off, butcher, cut down, finish, get, ice [slang], knock off, murder, neutralize, off [slang], put away, rub out, scrag, snuff, take out, waste, whack [slang]; annihilate, blot out, decimate, kill off, massacre, mow, slaughter, smite; assassinate, execute, martyr, terminate; euthanize (also euthanatize), put down; suicide Phrases do away with, do for [chiefly British], make away with Near Antonyms of kill raise, restore, resurrect, resuscitate, revive; nurture Antonyms of kill animate

  2. 2 to reject by or as if by a vote the Senate killed the bill by a single vote Synonyms of kill blackball, down, negative, nix, shoot down, vetoWords Related to kill decline, disallow, disapprove, dismiss, refuse; blacklistNear Antonyms of kill admit, allow, approve, assent (to), pass, sanction; elect, supportAntonyms of kill confirm, ratify

  3. 3 to show (something written) to be no longer valid by drawing a cross over or a line through it I think that paragraph is irrelevant, so kill it Synonyms of kill blue-pencil, cancel, cross (out), dele, delete, edit (out), elide, x, scratch (out), strike (out), stroke (out)Words Related to kill blot out, efface, eradicate, erase, expunge, obliterate, root (out), rub out, wipe out; bleep, blip, clip, cut, excise, remove; bowdlerize, censor, clean (up), expurgate, launder, redact, red-pencil; abbreviate, crop, shorten; black out, repress, silence, suppressNear Antonyms of kill stet

  4. 4 to use up all the physical energy of the long hike up the mountain just about killed us Synonyms of kill break, burn out, bust, do in, do up, drain, fag, fatigue, frazzle, harass, exhaust, knock out, outwear, tire, tucker (out), wash out, wear, wear out, wearyWords Related to kill debilitate, enervate, enfeeble, sap, waste, weakenNear Antonyms of kill activate, energize, invigorate, rejuvenate, strengthen, vitalize; relax, rest, unwind

  5. 5 to attract or delight as if by magic with his dark good looks he would positively kill the ladies Synonyms of kill allure, beguile, bewitch, captivate, enchant, fascinate, charm, magnetize, wile, witch [archaic]Words Related to kill disarm, draw, entice, lure, pull, seduce, tempt; delight, gratify, please; arrest, enrapture, enthrall (or enthral), entrance; appeal (to), interest, intrigue; beckon, court, invite, solicit, wooNear Antonyms of kill disgust, offend, repel, revolt; annoy, displease, irk; bore, tire, weary

  6. 6 to cause to stop functioning kill the engine before it overheats Synonyms of kill deactivate, shut off, turn offWords Related to kill flick (off); dismantle, mothball, phase out; arrest, brake, chock, cut off, draw up, halt, jam, stall, stickNear Antonyms of kill charge, electrify, energize, fire, fuel, generate, power, push; discharge, launch, release, switch, trip; reactivate, rechargeAntonyms of kill activate, actuate, crank (up), drive, move, propel, run, set off, spark, start, touch off, trigger, turn on

Synonym Discussion of kill

kill, slay, murder, assassinate, dispatch, execute mean to deprive of life. kill merely states the fact of death caused by an agency in any manner.
    • killed in an accident
    • frost killed the plants
slay is a chiefly literary term implying deliberateness and violence but not necessarily motive.
    • slew thousands of the Philistines
murder specifically implies stealth and motive and premeditation and therefore full moral responsibility.
    • convicted of murdering a rival
assassinate applies to deliberate killing openly or secretly often for political motives.
    • terrorists assassinated the Senator
dispatch stresses quickness and directness in putting to death.
    • dispatched the sentry with one bullet
execute stresses putting to death as a legal penalty.
    • executed by lethal gas


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