murder

[mur-der]

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 scream bloody murder

murder

noun

the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by anotherCompare manslaughter, homicide
informal something dangerous, difficult, or unpleasantdriving around London is murder
cry blue murder informal to make an outcry
get away with murder informal to escape censure; do as one pleases

verb (mainly tr)

(also intr) to kill (someone) unlawfully with premeditation or during the commission of a crime
to kill brutally
informal to destroy; ruinhe murdered her chances of happiness
informal to defeat completely; beat decisivelythe home team murdered their opponents
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 scream bloody murder
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Idioms and Phrases with scream bloody murder

scream bloody murder

Angrily protest as loudly as possible, as in When Jimmy took her teddy bear, Lauren screamed bloody murder, or Residents are screaming bloody murder about the increase in property taxes. The scream here may be either literal (as in the first example) or figurative, which is also true of invoking murder as though one were in danger of being killed. Versions of this term, such as cry murder, date from the 1400s.

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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