See under murder(def 1).
Words nearby first-degree murder
Definition for first-degree murder (2 of 2)
[ mur-der ]
/ ˈmɜr dər /
Law. the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law. In the U.S., special statutory definitions include murder committed with malice aforethought, characterized by deliberation or premeditation or occurring during the commission of another serious crime, as robbery or arson (first-degree murder, ormurder one), and murder by intent but without deliberation or premeditation (second-degree murder, ormurder two).
Slang. something extremely difficult or perilous: That final exam was murder!
a group or flock of crows.
verb (used with object)
Law. to kill by an act constituting murder.
to kill or slaughter inhumanly or barbarously.
to spoil or mar by bad performance, representation, pronunciation, etc.: The tenor murdered the aria.
verb (used without object)
to commit murder.
Origin of murder
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English mo(u)rdre, murder, variant (influenced by Old French murdre, from Germanic) of murthre; see murther
OTHER WORDS FROM murderself-mur·der, nounself-mur·dered, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH murderhomicide manslaughter murderexecute kill1 murder (see synonym study at kill1)
synonym study for murder
4. See kill1.
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British Dictionary definitions for first-degree murder
/ (ˈmɜːdə) /
verb (mainly tr)
(also intr) to kill (someone) unlawfully with premeditation or during the commission of a crime
to kill brutally
informal to destroy; ruinhe murdered her chances of happiness
informal to defeat completely; beat decisivelythe home team murdered their opponents
Also (archaic or dialect): murther
Derived forms of murdermurderer, nounmurderess, fem n
Word Origin for murder
Old English morthor; related to Old English morth, Old Norse morth, Latin mors death; compare French meurtre
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Idioms and Phrases with first-degree murder
In addition to the idiom beginning with murder
- murder will out
- get away with (murder)
- scream bloody murder
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