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Noun, Verb (usu participle)


Noun murder has 1 sense

Verb murder has 2 senses


murdern. [OE. morder, morther, AS. mor, fr. mor murder; akin to D. moord, OS. mor, G., Dan., & Sw. mord, Icel. mor, Goth. maúr, OSlav. mrēti to die, Lith. mirti, W. marw dead, L. mors, mortis, death, mori, moriri, to die, Gr. broto`s (for mroto`s) mortal, 'a`mbrotos immortal, Skr. m to die, m death. √105. Cf. Amaranth, Ambrosia, Mortal.].
     The offense of killing a human being with malice prepense or aforethought, express or implied; intentional and unlawful homicide.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
    " Murder in the second degree, in most jurisdictions, is a malicious homicide committed without a specific intention to take life."  Wharton.  [1913 Webster]
    "The killing of their children had, in the account of God, the guilt of murder, as the offering them to idols had the guilt of idolatry."  [1913 Webster]
    "Slaughter grows murder when it goes too far."  [1913 Webster]
murderv. t. [OE. mortheren, murtheren, AS. myr; akin to OHG. murdiren, Goth. maúr. See Murder, n.].
  •  To kill with premediated malice; to kill (a human being) willfully, deliberately, and unlawfully. See Murder, n.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To destroy; to put an end to.  [1913 Webster]
    "[Canst thou] murder thy breath in middle of a word?"  [1913 Webster]
  •  To mutilate, spoil, or deform, as if with malice or cruelty; to mangle; as, to murder the king's English.  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- To kill; assassinate; slay. See Kill.


murder, n. & v.
1 the unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by another (cf. MANSLAUGHTER).
2 colloq. an unpleasant, troublesome, or dangerous state of affairs (it was murder here on Saturday).
1 kill (a human being) unlawfully, esp. wickedly or inhumanly.
2 Law kill (a human being) with a premeditated motive.
3 colloq. utterly defeat or spoil by a bad performance, mispronunciation etc. (murdered the soliloquy in the second act).

cry blue murder sl. make an extravagant outcry. get away with murder colloq. do whatever one wishes and escape punishment. murder will out murder cannot remain undetected.
murderer n. murderess n.
OE morthor & OF murdre f. Gmc



abate, abolish, annihilate, asphyxiate, assassinate, assassination, be all thumbs, behead, blood, bloodshed, bloody murder, blot out, blunder, blunder away, blunder into, blunder on, blunder upon, boggle, botch, bumble, bump off, bumping-off, bungle, butcher, butchery, carnage, commit a gaffe, cool, decapitate, decimation, destroy, do in, dust off, electrocute, eliminate, elimination, eradicate, eradication, execute, exterminate, extermination, extinguish, faux pas, finish, flounder, foul play, fratricide, fumble, garrote, genocide, get rid of, guillotine, hang, homicide, ice, infanticide, kill, killing, knock off, lay low, liquidate, liquidation, lumber, lynch, mangle, manslaughter, mar, massacre, matricide, miscue, muddle, muff, murdering, mutilate, parricide, patricide, play havoc with, polish off, purge, purging, put away, put down, put to death, regicide, removal, remove, root out, rub out, ruin, scrag, slaughter, slay, slaying, slip, smother, snuff out, sororicide, spoil, strangle, stumble, thuggee, thuggery, thuggism, trip, uproot, uxoricide, waste, wipe out, wiping out, wreck




N killing, homicide, manslaughter, murder, assassination, trucidation, iccusion, effusion of blood, blood, blood shed, gore, slaughter, carnage, butchery, battue, massacre, fusillade, noyade, thuggery, Thuggism, deathblow, finishing stroke, coup de grace, quietus, execution, judicial murder, martyrdom, butcher, slayer, murderer, Cain, assassin, terrorist, cutthroat, garroter, bravo, Thug, Moloch, matador, sabreur, guet-a-pens, gallows, executioner, man-eater, apache, hatchet man, highbinder, regicide, parricide, matricide, fratricide, infanticide, feticide, foeticide, uxoricide, vaticide, suicide, felo de se, hara-kiri, suttee, Juggernath, immolation, auto da fe, holocaust, suffocation, strangulation, garrote, hanging, lapidation, deadly weapon, Aceldama, slaughtering, phthisozoics, sport, sporting, the chase, venery, hunting, coursing, shooting, fishing, pig- sticking, sportsman, huntsman, fisherman, hunter, Nimrod, slaughterhouse, meat packing plant, shambles, abattoir, fatal accident, violent death, casualty, killing, murderous, slaughterous, sanguinary, sanguinolent, blood stained, blood thirsty, homicidal, red handed, bloody, bloody minded, ensanguined, gory, thuggish, mortal, fatal, lethal, dead, deadly, mortiferous, lethiferous, unhealthy internecine, suicidal, sporting, piscatorial, piscatory, in at the death, assassination has never changed the history of the.

VB kill, put to death, slay, shed blood, murder, assassinate, butcher, slaughter, victimize, immolate, massacre, take away life, deprive of life, make away with, put an end to, despatch, dispatch, burke, settle, do for, strangle, garrote, hang, throttle, choke, stifle, suffocate, stop the breath, smother, asphyxiate, drown, saber, cut down, cut to pieces, cut the throat, jugulate, stab, run through the body, bayonet, eviscerate, put to the sword, put to the edge of the sword, shoot dead, blow one's brains out, brain, knock on the head, stone, lapidate, give a deathblow, deal a deathblow, give a quietus, give a coupe de grace, behead, bowstring, electrocute, gas, hunt, shoot, cut off, nip in the bud, launch into eternity, send to one's last account, sign one's death warrant, strike the death knell of, give no quarter, pour out blood like water, decimate, run amuck, wade knee deep in blood, imbrue one's hands in blood, die a violent death, welter in one's blood, dash out one's brains, blow out one's brains, commit suicide, kill oneself, make away with oneself, put an end to oneself, put an end to it all.

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