Definitions for murderˈmɜr dər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mur•derˈmɜr dər(n.; v.)-dered, -der•ing.

  1. (n.)the unlawful killing of a person, esp. when done with deliberation or premeditation or occurring during the commission of another serious crime

    Category: Law

    Ref: ( first-degree murder ); ( second-degree murder).

  2. (n.)something injurious, immoral, or otherwise censurable: to get away with murder.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. something extremely difficult or unpleasant: That exam was murder!

    Category: Status (usage)

  4. (v.t.)to kill by an act constituting murder.

    Category: Status (usage)

  5. to kill or slaughter barbarously.

  6. to spoil or mar through incompetence: The singer murdered the aria.

  7. Informal. to defeat thoroughly.

  8. (v.i.)to commit murder.

Origin of murder:

1300–50; ME mo(u)rdre, murder, var. (influenced by OF murdre < Gmc) of murthremurther

Princeton's WordNet

  1. murder, slaying, execution(verb)

    unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being

  2. murder, slay, hit, dispatch, bump off, off, polish off, remove(verb)

    kill intentionally and with premeditation

    "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"

  3. mangle, mutilate, murder(verb)

    alter so as to make unrecognizable

    "The tourists murdered the French language"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. murder(noun)ˈmɜr dər

    the act or crime of killing sb

    three recent murders; the punishment for murder; a murder case/trial

  2. murderˈmɜr dər

    to kill sb

    to be accused of committing murder

  3. murderˈmɜr dər

    the murder of many people

  4. murderˈmɜr dər

    to do anything you want to without being stopped or punished

    She lets her kids get away with murder.

  5. murder(verb)ˈmɜr dər

    to kill sb

    He murdered his wife with a knife.; a man murdered by the local gang

  6. murderˈmɜr dər

    indicates that sb will be very angry with sb

    Mom will murder you when she finds out.


  1. murder(Noun)

    An act of deliberate killing of another human being.

    There have been ten unsolved murders this year alone.

  2. murder(Noun)

    The crime of deliberate killing.

    The defendant was charged with murder.

  3. murder(Noun)

    (When used as a predicative noun): Something terrible to endure.

    This headache is murder.

  4. murder(Noun)

    The collective noun for crows

  5. murder(Verb)

    To deliberately kill (a person or persons).

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

  6. murder(Verb)

    To defeat decisively.

    Our team is going to murder them.

  7. murder(Verb)

    To botch or mangle

  8. murder(Verb)

    To kick someone's ass or chew someone out (used to express oneu2019s anger at somebody).

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

  9. murder(Verb)

    to devour, ravish.

    I could murder a hamburger right now.

  10. Origin: From murder, murdre, mourdre "murder", alteration of earlier murthre (see murther) from morþor and myrþra, both from murþran, from mrtro-, from . Akin to 033C0330033F034203380342, mord, morð, myrþrian.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Murder(noun)

    the offense of killing a human being with malice prepense or aforethought, express or implied; intentional and unlawful homicide

  2. Murder(noun)

    to kill with premediated malice; to kill (a human being) willfully, deliberately, and unlawfully. See Murder, n

  3. Murder(noun)

    to destroy; to put an end to

  4. Murder(noun)

    to mutilate, spoil, or deform, as if with malice or cruelty; to mangle; as, to murder the king's English


  1. Murder

    Murder is the unlawful killing, with malice aforethought, of another human, and generally this premeditated state of mind distinguishes murder from other forms of unlawful homicide. A person who commits murder is called a murderer. As the loss of a human being inflicts enormous grief upon the individuals close to the victim, and the commission of a murder is highly detrimental to the good order within society, most societies both present and in antiquity have considered it a most serious crime worthy of the harshest of punishment. In most countries, a person convicted of murder is typically given a long prison sentence, possibly a life sentence where permitted, and in some countries, the death penalty may be imposed for such an act – though this practice is becoming less common. Due to the gravity of the offense, there is generally no statute of limitations for murder.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'murder' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1895

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'murder' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3928

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'murder' in Nouns Frequency: #768

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'murder' in Verbs Frequency: #655

Anagrams of murder

  1. redrum

Translations for murder

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(an act of) killing a person on purpose and illegally

The police are treating his death as a case of murder; an increase in the number of murders.

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