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murderer

[mur-der-er]
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noun
  1. a person who commits murder.
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Idioms
  1. murderers' row,
    1. the row of cells in a prison where murderers and other violent or hard-core criminals are held.See also death row.
    2. Baseball.a succession of heavy hitters scheduled to bat one after the other.
    3. any group of notorious or important people: a murderers' row of talent; a murderers' row of philosophers.
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Origin of murderer

1300–50; Middle English mortherer, mord(e)rer; see murder, -er1
Related formsself-mur·der·er, noun
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Related Words for murderer

executioner, criminal, soldier, assassin, perpetrator, homicide, killer, butcher, slayer, cutthroat, enforcer, hit-and-run

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Word Origin and History for murderer

n.

mid-14c., alteration of murtherer (c.1300), agent noun from murder (v.); in part from Old French mordrere, from Medieval Latin murdrarius, from Germanic. Old English words for this included morðorcwalu, morðorslaga, morðorwyrhta, literally "murder-wright." The original murderer's row was in New York City's Tombs prison; figurative use in baseball dates to 1858, though the quintessential one was the 1927 New York Yankees. Fem. form murderess attested from late 14c. Murderee (1920) never caught on.

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