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Definitions for homicide
ˈhɒm əˌsaɪd, ˈhoʊ mə-homi·cide

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. homicidenoun

    the killing of a human being by another human being


  1. homicidenoun

    The killing of one person by another, whether premeditated or unintentional.

  2. homicidenoun

    A person who kills another.

  3. homicidenoun

    A victim of homicide; a person who has been unlawfully killed by someone else.

  4. Etymology: From homicida and homicidium.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Homicidenoun

    Etymology: homicide, French; homicidium, Latin.

    The apostles command to abstain from blood: construe this according to the law of nature, and it will seem, that homicide only is forbidden; but construe it in reference to the law of the Jews, about which the question was, and it shall easily appear to have a clean other sense, and a truer, when we expound it of eating, and not of shedding blood. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    What wonder is’t that black detraction thrives!
    The homicide of names is less than lives. Dryden.

    Your beauty, that did haunt me in my sleep,
    To undertake the death of all the world,
    So might I live one hour in your sweet bosom.
    ———— If I thought that, I tell thee, homicide,
    These nails should rend that beauty from my cheeks. William Shakespeare.

    Hector comes, the homicide, to wield
    His conqu’ring arms, with corps to strew the field. Dryden.


  1. Homicide

    Homicide occurs when a person kills another person. A homicide requires only a volitional act or omission that causes the death of another, and thus a homicide may result from accidental, reckless, or negligent acts even if there is no intent to cause harm. Homicides can be divided into many overlapping legal categories, such as murder, manslaughter, justifiable homicide, assassination, killing in war (either following the laws of war or as a war crime), euthanasia, and capital punishment, depending on the circumstances of the death. These different types of homicides are often treated very differently in human societies; some are considered crimes, while others are permitted or even ordered by the legal system.


  1. homicide

    Homicide is the act of one human killing another. It can be a legal or illegal action depending on the circumstances, such as self-defense or murder. Homicides include both non-criminal cases (like justifiable self-defense) and criminal cases (like murder or manslaughter), and the intent or the circumstances surrounding the act often determine how it is legally categorized.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Homicideverb

    the killing of one human being by another

  2. Homicideverb

    one who kills another; a manslayer

  3. Etymology: [F., fr. L. homicidium, fr. homicida a man slayer; homo man + caedere to cut, kill. See Homage, and cf. Concise, Shed, v. t.]


  1. Homicide

    Homicide is an act of a human killing another human.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Homicide

    hom′i-sīd, n. manslaughter: one who kills another.—adj. Hom′icidal, pertaining to homicide: murderous: bloody. [Fr.,—L. homicidiumhomo, a man, cædĕre, to kill.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Homicide

    The killing of one person by another.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of homicide in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of homicide in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of homicide in a Sentence

  1. Ambrose Gwinett Bierce:

    There are four kinds of Homicide felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.

  2. H. G. Wells:

    A time will come when a politician who has wilfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with mens lives should not stake their own.

  3. Joe Sullivan:

    You can follow a timeline of the rise in homicide and the rise in violent crime and compare that to when the present DA took office, and you can see the relationship very easily. Without a doubt, the communities that are most impacted are communities of color – somewhere between 85 and 95% of all homicide victims in the city of Philadelphia are citizens of color, what concerns me, whether you’re a reformed DA or a conservative DA, if you have an increase of crime within your jurisdiction, you should be always be willing to take a second look at what you’re doing.

  4. Major Scott Champagne:

    It was huge, any homicide investigator will tell you that one of the first things is knowing your victim, understanding the victim. In a majority of homicide investigations, the victim had known their assailant. It’s not unusual. So for us to be able to finally identify the victim months later allowed us to get the ball rolling on the investigation. We went full steam ahead at that point.

  5. David Hartman:

    This case is being investigated as a homicide although there is no indication yet as to where the homicide or dismemberments occurred.

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  • قتلArabic
  • homicidiCatalan, Valencian
  • Totschlag, Mörder, Mord, TötungsdeliktGerman
  • ανθρωποκτόνος, ανθρωποκτονίαGreek
  • murdoEsperanto
  • homicidio, homicidaSpanish
  • murhaaja, tappaja, murhattu, surmattu, murha, tappo, tapettuFinnish
  • morð, drápFaroese
  • assassinat, meutrier, meurtre, homicide involontaire, meutrière, assassin, homicideFrench
  • homicidioGalician
  • मानव हत्याHindi
  • մարդասպանություն, սպանություն, մարդասպանArmenian
  • manndrápIcelandic
  • omicidio, omicida, omicidio colposo, assassinio, assassina, assassino, omicidio premeditatoItalian
  • 殺人者, 殺人, 人殺しJapanese
  • 살인, 殺人Korean
  • homicīdium, homicīdaLatin
  • slepkavībaLatvian
  • doodslag, moordDutch
  • drapsmann, morder, drapNorwegian
  • zabójstwo, morderczyni, mordercaPolish
  • homicídio, homicidaPortuguese
  • omucidereRomanian
  • убийца, убийствоRussian
  • ubica, убиство, ubojica, umor, умор, убојица, уморство, убоство, umórstvo, ùbōjstvo, убица, ubistvoSerbo-Croatian
  • morilka, morilec, umorSlovene
  • mordoffer, mördare, mordSwedish
  • قتلUrdu
  • 殺人Chinese

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