[ 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 forms

self-hom·i·cide, noun

Can be confused

homicide 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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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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