from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The unlawful killing of one human by another, especially with premeditated malice.
- n. Slang Something that is very uncomfortable, difficult, or hazardous: The rush hour traffic is murder.
- n. A flock of crows. See Synonyms at flock1.
- transitive v. To kill (another human) unlawfully.
- transitive v. To kill brutally or inhumanly.
- transitive v. To put an end to; destroy: murdered their chances.
- transitive v. To spoil by ineptness; mutilate: a speech that murdered the English language.
- transitive v. Slang To defeat decisively; trounce.
- intransitive v. To commit murder.
- idiom get away with murder Informal To escape punishment for or detection of an egregiously blameworthy act.
- idiom murder will out Secrets or misdeeds will eventually be disclosed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An act of deliberate killing of another human being.
- n. The crime of deliberate killing.
- n. The commission of any act which abets the commission of a crime the commission of which causes the death of a person.
- n. Something terrible to endure.
- n. A group of crows; the collective noun for crows.
- v. To deliberately kill (a person or persons).
- v. (sports, figuratively, colloquial) To defeat decisively.
- v. To botch or mangle
- v. To kick someone's ass or chew someone out (used to express one’s anger at somebody).
- v. to devour, ravish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The offense of killing a human being with malice prepense or aforethought, express or implied; intentional and unlawful homicide.
- transitive v. To kill with premediated malice; to kill (a human being) willfully, deliberately, and unlawfully. See murder, n.
- transitive v. To destroy; to put an end to.
- transitive v. To mutilate, spoil, or deform, as if with malice or cruelty; to mangle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. Slaughter; destruction.
- To kill; slay in or as in battle.
- To kill (a human being) with premeditated malice; kill criminally. See murder, n., 1.
- To kill or slaughter in an inhuman or barbarous manner.
- To destroy; put an end to.
- 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.
- Synonyms Slay, Despatch, etc. See kill.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
- v. alter so as to make unrecognizable
- v. kill intentionally and with premeditation
Middle English murther, from Old English morthor; see mer- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 *murþran (“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. (Wiktionary)