from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The killing of one person by another.
  • n. A person who kills another person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The killing of one person by another, whether premeditated or unintentional.
  • n. A person who kills another.
  • n. A victim of homicide; a person who has been unlawfully killed by someone else.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The killing of one human being by another.
  • n. One who kills another; a manslayer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person who kills another; a manslayer.
  • n. The killing of a human being by a human being.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the killing of a human being by another human being


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin homicīdium and homicīda : homō, man; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots + -cīdium and -cīda, -cide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin homicīda ("man-slayer") and homicīdium ("manslaughter"). (Wiktionary)


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