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homicide

[ hom-uh-sahyd, hoh-muh- ]
/ ˈhɒm əˌsaɪd, ˈhoʊ mə- /
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noun
the killing of one human being by another.
a person who kills another; murderer.
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Origin of homicide

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin homicīdium “a killing,” homicīda “killer,” equivalent to homi- (combining form of homō “man”) + -cīdium, -cīda, noun suffix; see -cide

OTHER WORDS FROM homicide

self-hom·i·cide, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH homicide

homicide , manslaughter, murder
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British Dictionary definitions for homicide

homicide
/ (ˈhɒmɪˌsaɪd) /

noun
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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Cultural definitions for homicide

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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