[hom-uh-sahyd, hoh-muh-]
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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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Contemporary Examples of homicide

Historical Examples of homicide

  • How would an upright woman answer a man whom she had just saved from homicide?

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • Homicide forms 91% of the criminality of this group of offenders.

    Criminal Man

    Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

  • I knew a planter in Negros Island who was charged with homicide.

  • You think the interest of the love-business will detract from the interest of the homicide's fate?

    The Story of a Play

    W. D. Howells

  • "You seem to assume that this is a homicide case," I mentioned.

    Lone Star Planet

    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire

British Dictionary definitions for homicide


  1. the killing of a human being by another person
  2. 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

homicide in Culture



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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