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  1. a woman who commits murder.
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Origin of murderess

1350–1400; Middle English moerdrice, morderes; see murder, -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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Related Words

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

Examples from the Web for murderess

Historical Examples

  • And at every yard of the way he repeated to himself the words: “Murderess!”

    The Crime Club

    William Holt-White

  • On her tomb was found inscribed, “The Murderess of her Family.”

    The Prime Minister

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • A few feet further I reeled—my head seemed turning round—and again shouting 'Murderess!'

  • Then from out of the middle of the crowd of lookers-on came a cry of Murderess!

  • Whether Mr. Murderer and Mrs. Murderess Manning were not both unusually stout people?

    The Woman in White

    Wilkie Collins