• WordNet 3.6
    • n manslaughter homicide without malice aforethought
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Manslaughter The slaying of a human being; destruction of men.
    • Manslaughter (Law) The unlawful killing of a man, either in negligence or incidentally to the commission of some unlawful act, but without specific malice, or upon a sudden excitement of anger.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n manslaughter The killing of a human being by a human being, or of men by men; homicide; human slaughter.
    • n manslaughter Specifically—2. In law, the unlawful killing of another without malice either express or implied, which may be either voluntarily, upon a sudden heat, or involuntarily, but in the commission of some unlawful act. Blackstone. Manslaughter differs from murder in not proceeding from malice prepense or deliberate, which is essential to constitute murder. It differs from excusable homicide, being done in consequence of some unlawful act, whereas excusable homicide happens in consequence of misadventure. Manslaughter has been distinguished as voluntary, where the killing was intentional in a sudden heat or passion without previous malice; and involuntary, where it was not intentional, but the slayer was at the time engaged in an unlawful act less than a felony, or doing a lawful act in an unlawful manner. This distinction of name is no longer used in procedure, except in those jurisdictions where it may be enjoined by statute.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Manslaughter the slaying of a man:
    • Manslaughter (law) the killing of any one unlawfully, but without malice or forethought
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mann; Ger. mann, Dut. man, L. masmans, a male, Sans. manu, a man.


In literature:

Merchant, who had no sword, only of manslaughter.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
He was acquitted of intentional murder but was imprisoned for a time for manslaughter.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
Don't let the idea of murder and manslaughter confound you.
"Law and Laughter" by George Alexander Morton
No doubt it might induce them to call it manslaughter instead of murder, and the judge might pass a lighter sentence.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
Worse still, should any life be lost in the adventure, Guilford Duncan would be held to answer for manslaughter.
"A Captain in the Ranks" by George Cary Eggleston
The Jews were guilty, as a nation, of manslaughter.
"Why I Preach the Second Coming" by Isaac Massey Haldeman
Our only hope of success, so far as my mentality could work it out, was instantaneous manslaughter.
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris
They were ready for anything, from pitch-and-toss to manslaughter.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Only if the person was unknown, why Manslaughter?
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Senor Taltavull, I'm with you in this to anything short of justifiable manslaughter.
"The Recipe for Diamonds" by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne

In poetry:

Bess was, for being a double bride,
And Molly for manslaughter, tri'd;
They both were, by my Lord's command,
Sentenc'd to burning in the hand;
Then these two crimes we equal view,
Of killing one, and kissing two.
"A Precedent" by William Hutton

In news:

25-year old Amber Simpson is charged with manslaughter.
Cause of death debated in manslaughter trial.
0The cause of a victim's death is discussed in day two of manslaughter trial.
Nearly two years after a 5-year-old girl died in an Elm Grove mobile home, her stepmother has entered a guilty plea of manslaughter.
The Sanford detective who led the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation, wrote at least five versions of a police report, changing a second-degree murder recommendation to manslaughter.
A former "Melrose Place" actress charged in a fatal auto accident two years ago was being chased by another driver, her attorney told jurors on the first day of her manslaughter trial Thursday.
Circuit Court Markley Dennis Jr has denied a motion to dismiss the manslaughter charge against Preston Oates.
The jury found Rose guilty of aggravated manslaughter.
BP's $4.5 billion plea includes manslaughter.
A 19-year-old man has pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter stemming from the heroin-overdose death in Agoura Hills of the 18-year-old son of retired NFL player Erik Kramer.
Those charges included involuntary manslaughter.
An appeals court Thursday overturned manslaughter convictions against Continental Airlines and a mechanic for the 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people.
Paula Pace, a BCLUW schools employee who was convicted of manslaughter in the 1960s, has been fired by the BCLUW School Board in a 7-0 vote Tuesday night.
Paula Pace, a BCLUW schools employee who was convicted of manslaughter in the 1960s, has been fired by the BCLUW School Board in a 7-0 vote Tuesday.
IRVING, Texas — IRVING, Texas (AP) — Police charged Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent with intoxication manslaughter Saturday after he flipped his car in a pre-dawn accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown.