manslaughter

[ man-slaw-ter ]
/ ˈmænˌslɔ tər /

noun

Law. the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought.
the killing of a human being by another; homicide.

Nearby words

  1. mansfield, mount,
  2. mansholt,
  3. mansi,
  4. mansion,
  5. mansion house,
  6. manslayer,
  7. manson,
  8. manson's disease,
  9. mansonella,
  10. mansonella perstans

Origin of manslaughter

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at man1, slaughter

Can be confusedhomicide manslaughter murder (see synonym study at kill1)

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British Dictionary definitions for manslaughter

manslaughter

/ (ˈmænˌslɔːtə) /

noun

law the unlawful killing of one human being by another without malice aforethoughtCompare murder See also homicide, malice aforethought
(loosely) the killing of a human being
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Word Origin and History for manslaughter

manslaughter

n.

mid-14c., " act, crime, or sin of killing another human being," in battle or not, from man (n.) + slaughter (n.). Replaced Old English mannslæht (Anglian), mannslieht (West Saxon), from slæht, slieht "act of killing" (see slay). Etymologically identical with homicide, but in legal use usually distinguished from murder and restricted to "simple homicide."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for manslaughter

manslaughter

[ (man-slaw-tuhr) ]

The unlawful killing of a person, without malice or premeditation. Involuntary manslaughter is accidental, such as running into someone with a car. Voluntary manslaughter is committed in the “heat of passion,” as in a spontaneous fight in which one person is killed by a strong blow. Manslaughter is usually considered less serious than murder. Both murder and manslaughter are types of homicide.

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