murder

[ mur-der ]
/ ˈmɜr dər /

noun

Law. the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law. In the U.S., special statutory definitions include murder committed with malice aforethought, characterized by deliberation or premeditation or occurring during the commission of another serious crime, as robbery or arson (first-degree murder), and murder by intent but without deliberation or premeditation (second-degree murder).
Slang. something extremely difficult or perilous: That final exam was murder!
a group or flock of crows.

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to commit murder.

Nearby words

  1. murchison,
  2. murchison falls,
  3. murcia,
  4. murcott,
  5. murdabad,
  6. murder in the cathedral,
  7. murder one,
  8. murder two,
  9. murder will out,
  10. murderball

Idioms

Origin of murder

1300–50; Middle English mo(u)rdre, murder, variant (influenced by Old French murdre < Germanic) of murthre murther

Related formsself-mur·der, nounself-mur·dered, adjective

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

Synonym study

4. See kill1.

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British Dictionary definitions for murder

murder

/ (ˈmɜːdə) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Also (archaic or dialect): murther

Derived Formsmurderer, nounmurderess, fem n

Word Origin for murder

Old English morthor; related to Old English morth, Old Norse morth, Latin mors death; compare French meurtre

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Word Origin and History for murder
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Idioms and Phrases with murder

murder

In addition to the idiom beginning with murder

  • murder will out

also see:

  • get away with (murder)
  • scream bloody murder
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