Murder meaning

mûrdər
Murder is defined as the illegal, pre-planned killing of one person by another, or an unpleasant task or to something that causes pain or discomfort to the body.

An example of murder is the killing of one person by another.

When bending up and down a lot hurts your back, this is an example of a time when you might say that bending is murder on your back.

When you are doing a very unpleasant and labor-intensive job, this is an example of a time when you might say "this job is murder."

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(countable) A group of crows; the collective noun for crows.
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To murder is to kill someone.

When you plan and execute the death of your enemy, this is an example of murder.

When you spend too much money and your spouse gets really mad, this is an example of a time when you might say "my husband will murder me if he finds out how much I spent!"

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A flock of crows.
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The unlawful and malicious or premeditated killing of one human being by another; also, any killing done while committing some other felony, as rape or robbery.
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To kill (a person) unlawfully and with malice.
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(slang) Something that is very uncomfortable, difficult, or hazardous.

The rush hour traffic is murder.

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(informal) Something very hard, unsafe, or disagreeable to do or deal with.
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(informal) To spoil, mar, etc., as in performance.

The song was murdered by the singer.

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To kill brutally or inhumanly.

Thousands of civilians were murdered in the bombardment.

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To put an end to; destroy.

Murdered their chances.

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To spoil by ineptness; mutilate.

A speech that murdered the English language.

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(countable) An act of deliberate killing of another being, especially a human.

There have been ten unsolved murders this year alone.

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(uncountable) The crime of deliberate killing of another human.

The defendant was charged with murder.

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(uncountable, law, in jurisdictions which use the felony murder rule) The commission of an act which abets the commission of a crime the commission of which causes the death of a human.

Ryan Holle is serving life in prison for murder because he loaned his car to his housemate to go get food, his housemate instead drove three people to another house, one of those people inflicted an injury on a fourth person, and that fourth person died.

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(uncountable, used as a predicative noun) Something terrible to endure.

This headache is murder.

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To deliberately kill (a person or persons).

The woman found dead in her kitchen was murdered by her husband.

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(sports, figuratively, colloquial) To defeat decisively.

Our team is going to murder them.

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(figuratively, colloquial) To kick someone's ass or chew someone out (used to express one's anger at somebody).

He's torn my best shirt. When I see him, I'll murder him!

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(figuratively, colloquial, UK) To devour, ravish.

I could murder a hamburger right now.

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To kill (another human) in an act of murder.
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(slang) To defeat decisively; trounce.
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To commit murder.
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To kill inhumanly or barbarously, as in warfare.
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To commit murder.
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The intentional and malicious killing of a human being.
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Murder that is premeditated, or done during the commission of certain other felonies.
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Act of killing another followed by suicide, sometimes carried out in a pact, other times without the assent of the murdered person.
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An unpremeditated murder not committed while carrying out another felony.
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(informal) get away with murder
  • To escape punishment for or detection of an egregiously blameworthy act.
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murder will out
  • Secrets or misdeeds will eventually be disclosed.
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get away with murder
  • to escape detection of or punishment for a blameworthy act
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murder will out
  • a murder or murderer will always be revealed
  • any secret or wrongdoing will be revealed sooner or later
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scream bloody murder
  • to yell or otherwise raise a loud disturbance, as from outrage or fear
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of murder

  • Middle English murther from Old English morthor mer- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English murder, murdre, mourdre "murder", alteration of earlier murthre (“murder") (see murther) from Old English morþor (“secret slaying, unlawful killing") and Old English myrþra (“murder, homicide"), both from Proto-Germanic *murþrÄ… (“death, killing, murder"), from Proto-Indo-European *mrtro- (“killing"), from Proto-Indo-European *mer-, *mor-, *mr- (“to die"). Akin to Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌸𐍂 (maurþr, “murder"), Old High German mord (“murder"), Old Norse morð (“murder"), Old English myrþrian (“to murder") and morþ.

    From Wiktionary

  • The -d- in the Middle English form may have been influenced in part by Anglo-Norman murdre, from Medieval Latin murdrum from Old French murdre, from Frankish *murþra "murder", from the same Germanic root, though this may also have wholly been the result of internal development (compare burden, from burthen).

    From Wiktionary