[ hom-uh-sahyd, hoh-muh- ]
/ ˈhɒm əˌsaɪd, ˈhoʊ mə- /


the killing of one human being by another.
a person who kills another; murderer.

Origin of homicide

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French < Latin homicīdium a killing, homicīda killer, equivalent to homi- (combining form of homō man) + -cīdium, -cīda -cide
Related formsself-hom·i·cide, noun
Can be confusedhomicide manslaughter murder (see synonym study at kill1)
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British Dictionary definitions for homicide


/ (ˈhɒmɪˌsaɪd) /


the killing of a human being by another person
a person who kills another

Word Origin for homicide

C14: from Old French, from Latin homo man + caedere to slay
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Word Origin and History for homicide



"the killing of another person," early 13c., from Old French homicide, from Latin homicidium "manslaughter," from homo "man" (see homunculus) + -cidium "act of killing" (see -cide). The meaning "person who kills another" (late 14c.) also is from French, from Latin homicida "a murderer," from -cida "killer."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for homicide


[ (hom-uh-seyed) ]

The killing of one person by another, whether intended (murder) or not (manslaughter). Not all homicide is unlawful; killing in self-defense, for example, is not a crime.

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