Idioms about murder
- to scream loudly in pain, fear, etc.
- to protest loudly and angrily: If I don't get a good raise I'm going to yell bloody murder.
Origin of murder
synonym study for murder
OTHER WORDS FROM murderself-murder, nounself-murdered, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH murder1. homicide, manslaughter, murder 2. execute, kill1, murder (see synonym study at kill1)
Words nearby murder
MURDER VS. MANSLAUGHTER
What’s the difference between murder and manslaughter?
Murder is the legal term for the intentional killing of someone or the killing of someone as the result of a complete disregard for their life. Manslaughter is the legal term for the act of killing someone without intending to, often in an accidental way.
There are many specific conditions and interpretations surrounding what constitutes murder and manslaughter, and laws vary by location. The word murder is also commonly used in more general ways. In legal contexts, though, it’s typically used in a way that implies that the killing was intentional or the result of a complete disregard for the victim’s life, and this is the crucial difference between the words.
In the U.S., manslaughter can be classified as voluntary or involuntary. Voluntary manslaughter often involves a person who kills someone through voluntary actions but without intending to harm them. For example, this could apply to a person who unintentionally kills someone during a fight after having been provoked to fight (especially when their actions are considered to go beyond those deemed appropriate for self-defense). Acts labeled as involuntary manslaughter are often reckless but accidental. For example, the term may be applied to a case in which a driver kills someone as a result of their reckless driving (this is sometimes specifically called vehicular manslaughter).
On the other hand, a person who intentionally runs someone over with their car would likely be charged with murder (unless it involved self-defense). Many jurisdictions classify murders with different degrees. For example, if a person intentionally runs someone over with their car after having planned to do it (that is, after having premeditated it), the act would be called first-degree murder. However, if the killing was intentional but not premeditated, it would be called second-degree murder. Of course, the official charge is typically based on what can be proven during a trial.
Here’s an example of murder and manslaughter used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: The accused was originally charged with manslaughter because it appeared to be a reckless driving accident, but the charge was changed to first-degree murder when the police discovered journals in which the driver had written plans to kill the victim and make it look like an accident.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between murder and manslaughter.
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How to use murder in a sentence
The group also urged Baja California lawmakers to add a formal recognition of murder based on gender identity to the state’s Penal Code.Tijuana authorities criticized over handling of transgender woman’s murder|Michael K. Lavers|September 17, 2020|Washington Blade
Instead, she urged prosecutors to give LeBlond a chance to confess to the murder and accept responsibility, WTOP reported.Md. man charged in 2015 trans murder sentenced to 35 years|Lou Chibbaro Jr.|September 17, 2020|Washington Blade
Obviously this is useful in the countries, such as Brazil, where murder rates are about five times the global average and crime has been seen as a major problem in the society.Podcast: COVID-19 is helping turn Brazil into a surveillance state|Anthony Green|September 16, 2020|MIT Technology Review
They started an advertising agency that focused on the luxury fashion world, but after the murder of Trayvon Martin they decided to move into the social justice space.‘Antebellum’ explores truths of our ugly past|Brian T. Carney|September 16, 2020|Washington Blade
He was also accused of attempted murder, and even had milk dumped on him.The Last Bar Standing?|Eugene Robinson|September 15, 2020|Ozy
The website Murder Inna Dancehall catalogs 207 dancehall songs with violently anti-gay lyrics.How Maurice Tomlinson Was Outed in Jamaica—and Forced Into Exile|Jay Michaelson|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Murder, suicide, illness, old age: These deaths stalk us all, but in prison, they collect us so much more cheaply.A Million Ways to Die in Prison|Daniel Genis|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On rival CBS, which had been the original home of The Twilight Zone, the long running Murder, She Wrote premiered in 1984.How a War-Weary Vet Created ‘The Twilight Zone’|Rich Goldstein|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Murder, violent crime, unemployment, and taxes all rose dramatically under his stewardship.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy|Olivia Nuzzi|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How to Get Away With a Hollywood Murder By Tim Teeman The director William Desmond Taylor was shot dead, notoriously, in 1922.8 Must-Read Stories of Ebola, Glaciers and Orgasms: The Best of The Beast|William Boot|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Murder by the hypodermic needle, no doubt, would escape detection often enough were it not for circumstances.
Murder, rape, arson, and a host of other atrocities are often the first evidence of a diseased brain.Ancient Faiths And Modern|Thomas Inman
"I think I know who committed the Daffodil Murder," he said steadily.The Daffodil Mystery|Edgar Wallace
Murder is ghastly enough, in whatever shape it meets us, and from whatever cause.The Arena|Various
What a dickens is the Woman always a whimpring about Murder for?The Beggar's Opera|John Gay
British Dictionary definitions for murder
Derived forms of murdermurderer, nounmurderess, fem n
Word Origin for murder
Other Idioms and Phrases with murder
In addition to the idiom beginning with murder
- murder will out
- get away with (murder)
- scream bloody murder