verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- murchison falls,
- murder in the cathedral,
- murder one,
- murder two,
- murder will out,
- 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
Examples from the Web for murder
Murder, suicide, illness, old age: These deaths stalk us all, but in prison, they collect us so much more cheaply.
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
Murder Boner” is a great one: “The thought of extinguishing a human life really makes me aroused.Inside the Mind of ‘The League’s Rafi: Jason Mantzoukas and Seth Rogen on TV’s Craziest Dude|Marlow Stern|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Murder, drugs, and arson are mercifully absent from his story but many things are different than before.A Teacher Returns to the Classroom and Gets Schooled|Nick Romeo|September 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Saul Bass, the greatest designer of movie title sequences (Anatomy of a Murder, The Man with the Golden Arm) in Hollywood history.
Murder and lust and mad passion were hidden in the darkness; law and order and civilization were hundreds of miles away.The Alaskan|James Oliver Curwood
In one thing only were they united—in their desire to see the last of Murder Point.Murder Point|Coningsby Dawson
Murder, rape, arson, and pillage began from the moment when the German Army crossed the frontier.
Murder, theft, and arson combined, would scarcely have been more horrible in his eyes.The White Lady of Hazelwood|Emily Sarah Holt
Murder cuts at the source of all society—which war, which is organized killing, does not.The King of Alsander|James Elroy Flecker
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for murder
c.1300, murdre, from Old English morðor (plural morþras) "secret killing of a person, unlawful killing," also "mortal sin, crime; punishment, torment, misery," from Proto-Germanic *murthra- (cf. Goth maurþr, and, from a variant form of the same root, Old Saxon morth, Old Frisian morth, Old Norse morð, Middle Dutch moort, Dutch moord, German Mord "murder"), from PIE *mrtro-, from root *mer- "to die" (see mortal (adj.)). The spelling with -d- probably reflects influence of Anglo-French murdre, from Old French mordre, from Medieval Latin murdrum, from the Germanic root.
Viking custom, typical of Germanic, distinguished morð (Old Norse) "secret slaughter," from vig (Old Norse) "slaying." The former involved concealment, or slaying a man by night or when asleep, and was a heinous crime. The latter was not a disgrace, if the killer acknowledged his deed, but he was subject to vengeance or demand for compensation.
Mordre wol out that se we day by day. [Chaucer, "Nun's Priest's Tale," c.1386]
Weakened sense of "very unpleasant situation" is from 1878.
Old English myrðrian, from Proto-Germanic *murthjan (cf. Old High German murdran, German mördren, Gothic maurþjan; see murder (n.)). Related: Murdered; murdering.
In addition to the idiom beginning with murder
- murder will out
- get away with (murder)
- scream bloody murder