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murder

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1 a situation or state that causes great suffering and unhappiness

  • this weather is murder on my sinuses
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2 the intentional and unlawful taking of another personʼs life

  • arrested for attempting to commit murder
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murder

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1 to put to death deliberately

  • those people made me so mad I felt like I wanted to murder them
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do away with

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2 to make or do (something) in a clumsy or unskillful way

  • we listened in horror as she murdered our favorite song on stage
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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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