murder

Definitions

  • Murder of Marshal D'ancre——155
    Murder of Marshal D'ancre——155
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v murder alter so as to make unrecognizable "The tourists murdered the French language"
    • v murder kill intentionally and with premeditation "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
    • n murder unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE OLD STYLE DETECTIVE—EXAMINING SCENE OF MURDER THE OLD STYLE DETECTIVE—EXAMINING SCENE OF MURDER
MURDER OR SUICIDE—WHICH MURDER OR SUICIDE—WHICH
Macbeth murders Duncan Macbeth murders Duncan
Murder of the Duke Of Orleans——38 Murder of the Duke Of Orleans——38
The Murder of La Salle by his Followers The Murder of La Salle by his Followers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A group of crows is called a murder
    • n Murder mûr"dẽr The offense of killing a human being with malice prepense or aforethought, express or implied; intentional and unlawful homicide.Murder in the second degree, in most jurisdictions, is a malicious homicide committed without a specific intention to take life. "Mordre will out.""The killing of their children had, in the account of God, the guilt of murder , as the offering them to idols had the guilt of idolatry.""Slaughter grows murder when it goes too far."
    • Murder To destroy; to put an end to. "Canst thou murder thy breath in middle of a word?"
    • Murder To kill with premediated malice; to kill (a human being) willfully, deliberately, and unlawfully. See Murder n.
    • Murder To mutilate, spoil, or deform, as if with malice or cruelty; to mangle; as, to murder the king's English.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1916, an elephant was tried and hung for murder in Erwin, Tennessee
    • n murder Homicide with malice aforethought; as legally defined, the unlawful killing of a human being, by a person of sound mind, by an act causing death within a year and a day thereafter, with premeditated malice.
    • n murder Slaughter; destruction.
    • murder To kill; slay in or as in battle.
    • murder To kill (a human being) with premeditated malice; kill criminally. See murder, n., 1.
    • murder To kill or slaughter in an inhuman or barbarous manner.
    • murder To destroy; put an end to.
    • murder To abuse or violate grossly; mar by bad execution, pronunciation, representation, etc.: as, to murder the queen's English; the actor murdered the part he had to play.
    • murder Synonyms Slay, Despatch, etc. See kill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first person to die in the electric chair was William Kemmler, an ax murderer from New York on August 6, 1890
    • n Murder mur′dėr the act of putting a person to death, intentionally and from malice
    • v.t Murder to commit murder: to destroy: to put an end to
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Quotations

  • Horace
    Horace
    “Help a man against his will and you do the same as murder him.”
  • Norman Sherry
    Norman Sherry
    “The facts of a person's life will, like murder, come out.”
  • Arnold Toynbee
    Arnold Toynbee
    “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.”
  • Agatha Christie
    Agatha Christie
    “Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.”
  • Bishop Porteous
    Bishop Porteous
    “One murder makes a villain, millions often a hero.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.”

Idioms

Get away with murder - If you get away with murder, you do something bad and don't get caught or punished.('Get away with blue murder' is also used.)
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Murder will out - This idiom means that bad deeds can't be kept secret forever.
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Scream bloody murder - If you scream bloody murder, you protest loudly and angrily, or scream in fear.
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Scream blue murder - If someone shouts very loudly in anger, or fear, they scream blue murder.
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Yell bloody murder - (USA) If someone yells bloody murder, they protest angrily and loudly, or scream in fear.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. morder, morther, AS. morðor, fr. morð, murder; akin to D. moord, OS. morð, G., Dan., & Sw. mord, Icel. morð, Goth. maúrþr, OSlav. mrēti, to die, Lith. mirti, W. marw, dead, L. mors, mortis, death, mori, moriri, to die, Gr. broto`sfor mroto`s) mortal, 'a`mbrotos immortal, Skr. mṛ, to die, mṛta, death. √105. Cf. Amaranth Ambrosia Mortal

Usage

In literature:

The murderer must have gone mad over the corpse from sheer lust of blood.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
You would rather be Sir Geoffrey Kynaston, then, than his murderer, even now?
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
How can the baroness have been murdered, when the police are following her tracks, so to speak, step by step?
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
Finally, murders do not take place without motive.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
To try to murder the son of the war leader would be a great crime.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Granger turned away from the window that the murderer might not see his countenance; his lips moved as if he prayed.
"Murder Point" by Coningsby Dawson
Jackson knew fully and realized what lay before him in the murder of Pearl Bryan.
"The Mysterious Murder of Pearl Bryan" by Unknown
To them, murder was murder.
"Watchbird" by Robert Sheckley
Yes, he's comin' for the Padre on a charge of murder, a low-down charge of murder that he never committed.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
The number of the murders grew so appalling that Sheriff R. B. Buchanan devoted all his time to hunting down the criminals.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
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In poetry:

Cease murdering the dead.
If you hope not to perish, if you
Want sound of them again,
Stop crying out, cease
The crying out of it.
"Italy" by Giuseppe Ungaretti
Said he, "If thou art valiant, Knight,
My murder soon will see the light;
For thou wilt ride to Heddybee,
Where live my youthful brothers three:
"The Heddybee Spectre" by George Borrow
You did not sully your hands with brute murder.
Instead,
you let drop calmly:
“He’s in bed.
There’s fruit and wine
On the bedstand’s palm.”
"To All and Everything" by Vladimir Mayakovsky
“Because” (and she mutters it deep
Who curseth the coward in chains)
“Thou hast stricken and murdered our sleep,
Thy sleep shall be perished with pains;
"Australia Vindex" by Henry Kendall
"I ask no more to see your beauties rise;
Ye rocks and mountains, on whose rugged breast
My ALFRED , murder'd by EUPHELIA , lies,
In your deep solitudes, I come to rest!
"Euphelia" by Helen Maria Williams
Not a grave of the murder'd for freedom, but grows seed for freedom,
in its turn to bear seed,
Which the winds carry afar and re-sow, and the rains and the snows
nourish.
"Europe, The 72d And 73d Years Of These States" by Walt Whitman

In news:

The US attorney's office for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday charged 40 members and associates of a notorious Bronx gang with murder, attempted murder, assault, racketeering, narcotics and firearm offenses, officials said.
Vincinte Jackson was found guilty of non-premeditated murder and not guilty of premeditated murder in the death of Spc.
Recently visited the Villisca Ax Murder house, the allegedly haunted site of an unsolved murder of eight people in 1912.
Prosecutors dropped a charge of first-degree murder in exchange for Gossett's guilty plea to second-degree murder and robbery.
BROWNSVILLE — Convicted child murderer John Allen Rubio will remain on death row after the Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed his murder conviction and sentencing on Wednesday.
Vincinte Jackson goes on trial Monday on charges of murder and premeditated murder in Fonteneaux's death.
The charges against the suspect, James Holmes, include 24 counts of first-degree murder (two counts per victim) and 116 counts of attempted murder.
A Seagrove Beach man accused of murdering a 15 year old Georgia tourist faces major trial delays after his attorney quit the murder case.
Roger Archuleta, the man arrested in connection to the murder of 47-year-old victim Mikel Haynes, was formally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault last week and issued a $500,000 bond.
Jurors at Drew Peterson's murder trial withdrew Wednesday to begin deliberations on whether the former Illinois police sergeant murdered his third wife.
(AP) — Jurors at Drew Peterson's murder trial withdrew Wednesday to begin deliberations on whether the former Illinois police sergeant murdered his third wife.
Honduras, which has been called the murder capital of the world, has an average firearm murder rate that's about 20 times America's.
Deshaun Jamel Fordham, 18, and Donte Jarod Stokes, 21, of Orangeburg were arrested for murder, attempted murder, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Orange County Sheriff's Office radio dispatch logs and three 911 calls related to the Sept 27 domestic-violence double-murder-suicide and attempted murder of a third woman were released in response to a public records request made by the.
Stephon Rice is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
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In science:

An early example of optimization problem is narrated in Virgil’s Aeneid: Dido, a Phenician princess, is obliged to flee Tyre, her hometown, after her husband is murdered by her brother, a cruel tyrant.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
The history of mafia game can be traced to the 1970’s, when a game called Murder, which was the prototype of mafia game, had been played for many years . This is a game which can train one’s expressive ability, discrimination ability, imagination ability and acting ability, etc.
A Theoretical Study of Mafia Games
For example, from ∃ x Kill(x, Victim), we can infer Kill(Murderer, Victim), as long as Murderer does not appear elsewhere in the knowledge base [Russel&Norvig 2003].
Overcoming Misleads In Logic Programs by Redefining Negation
William Kidd, born circa 1654, was hanged for murder and piracy in England in 1701.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
John Doe was found guilty of the murder. (2) The court found John Doe guilty of the murder of Jane Doe last August and sentenced him to life.
Centroid-based summarization of multiple documents: sentence extraction, utility-based evaluation, and user studies
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