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murder

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of murder

  1. 1 a situation or state that causes great suffering and unhappiness this weather is murder on my sinuses Synonyms of murder agony, Gehenna, horror, misery, hell, nightmare, torment, tortureWords Related to murder affliction, calvary, cross, curse, ordeal, trial, tribulation; calamity, misfortune, tragedy; gall, thorn; bummer, downer, dragNear Antonyms of murder delight, diversion, entertainment, fun, joy, pleasure, recreation; lark, picnic, riotAntonyms of murder heaven, paradise

  2. 2 the intentional and unlawful taking of another person's life arrested for attempting to commit murder Synonyms of murder blood, foul play, homicide, rubout, slayingWords Related to murder chance-medley, killing, manslaughter; bloodshed, butchery, carnage, decimation, destruction, massacre, slaughter; assassination, execution, hit; euthanasia, mercy killing; filicide, fratricide, matricide, parricide, patricide, regicide, uxoricide


murder

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of murder

  1. 1 to put to death deliberately those people made me so mad I felt like I wanted to murder them Synonyms of murder assassinate, bump off, croak [slang], dispatch, do in, execute, get, ice [slang], knock off, liquidate, neutralize, off [slang], put away, rub out, slay, snuff, take out, terminate, whack [slang] Words Related to murder blow away, shoot, shoot down; blot out, carry off, claim, cut down, destroy, fell, kill, smite, zap; butcher, massacre, mow (down), slaughter; annihilate, eliminate, eradicate, exterminate, wipe out Phrases do away with Near Antonyms of murder animate, raise, restore, resurrect, resuscitate, revive

  2. 2 to make or do (something) in a clumsy or unskillful way we listened in horror as she murdered our favorite song on stage Synonyms of murder blow, bobble, boggle, bollix (up), boot, bugger (up), bumble, bungle, butcher, dub, flub, fluff, foozle, foul up, fumble, goof (up), louse up, mangle, mess (up), muck up, muff, botch, screw upWords Related to murder blunder, gum (up), muddle, piffle; blemish, blight, damage, flaw, harm, hurt, impair, injure, mar, mutilate, ruin, spoil, vitiate; destroy, wreck; mishandle, mismanageNear Antonyms of murder ameliorate, better, enhance, help, improve, meliorate, rectify, refine, reform, remedy; doctor, fix, patch, recondition, renovate, repair, revamp

Synonym Discussion of murder

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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