mass murder

[ mas-mur-der ]
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  1. the act of killing a number of people in a single incident or over a short time period, involving more than two victims and typically a large number: He has written about mass murder by totalitarian regimes. The individual motives for mass murder vary greatly.The article is about five victims of a mass murder.

Origin of mass murder

First recorded in 1915–20
  • Also called mass kill·ing [mas-kil-ing] /ˈmæs ˈkɪl ɪŋ/ .

Words Nearby mass murder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023