Homicide meaning

hŏmĭ-sīd, hōmĭ-
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Any killing of one human being by another.
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A person who kills another person.
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A person who kills another.
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The killing of one person by another, regardless of intention or legality.
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The definition of homicide is the deliberate and illegal murder of another person, or the department in the police agency that is authorized to investigate murders.

When a criminal murders someone, this is an example of homicide.

The police department that investigates a murder is an example of homicide.

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The killing of a human being, committed by another.
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(countable, US, police jargon) A victim of homicide; a person who has been unlawfully killed by someone else.
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A police division responsible for investigating homicides.
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The killing of a human excused by the law as appropriate or necessary; for example, in self-defense.
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The killing of another by an act of irresponsibility or lack of attention to duty, rather than by intentional act.
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The killing of another by operation of a motor vehicle; generally the driver’s acts must be more than just negligent; for example, in a motor vehicle accident arising from the intoxication of the driver, where another is killed.
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(uncountable) The killing of one person by another, whether premeditated or unintentional.
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(countable) A person who kills another.
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Origin of homicide

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin homicīdium homicīda homō man dhghem- in Indo-European roots -cīdium -cīda -cide

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French homicide, from Latin homicīda (“man-slayer”) and homicīdium (“manslaughter”). Equivalent to +‎ -cide.

    From Wiktionary