Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The killing of another person without justification or excuse, especially the crime of killing a person with malice aforethought or with recklessness manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.
  • noun An instance of such killing.
  • noun Slang Something that is very uncomfortable, difficult, or hazardous.
  • noun A flock of crows.
  • intransitive verb To kill (another human) in an act of murder.
  • intransitive verb To kill brutally or inhumanly.
  • intransitive verb To put an end to; destroy.
  • intransitive verb To spoil by ineptness; mutilate.
  • intransitive verb Slang To defeat decisively; trounce.
  • intransitive verb To commit murder.
  • idiom (get away with murder) To escape punishment for or detection of an egregiously blameworthy act.
  • idiom (murder will out) Secrets or misdeeds will eventually be disclosed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Slaughter; destruction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To kill with premediated malice; to kill (a human being) willfully, deliberately, and unlawfully. See murder, n.
  • transitive verb To destroy; to put an end to.
  • transitive verb To mutilate, spoil, or deform, as if with malice or cruelty; to mangle.
  • noun The offense of killing a human being with malice prepense or aforethought, express or implied; intentional and unlawful homicide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable An act of deliberate killing of another human being.
  • noun uncountable, law The crime of deliberate killing.
  • noun uncountable, law The commission of any act which abets the commission of a crime the commission of which causes the death of a person.
  • noun uncountable Something terrible to endure.
  • noun countable A group of crows; the collective noun for crows.
  • verb To deliberately kill (a person or persons).
  • verb transitive (sports, figuratively, colloquial) To defeat decisively.
  • verb To botch or mangle
  • verb figuratively, colloquial To kick someone's ass or chew someone out (used to express one’s anger at somebody).
  • verb figuratively, colloquial, UK to devour, ravish.

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

  • noun unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
  • verb alter so as to make unrecognizable
  • verb kill intentionally and with premeditation

Etymologies

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

[Middle English murther, from Old English morthor; see mer- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

Examples

  • I mentioned the engagement as a mere matter of course to somebody, and though I mentioned it confidentially, it started this slander about Malcolm Cromarty and Cicely Farmond conspiring to murder -- to _murder_, Lilian!

    Simon

  • Then, when the leading tongues of the guns had flashed out, and human life, even the life of dogs, had yielded to the demand of her cause, the last vestige of her dreaming had been swept away, and she told herself it was murder, _murder at her bidding_!

    The Man in the Twilight

  • John Maruschak murder 7 / 16 / 2009 Cleveland, OH * Brothers Alex and Aaron Wulff charged with his murder*

    Bonnie's Blog of Crime

  • Stark murder 12 / 09 / 07 Spokane, WA * wife Shellye arrested for his murder*

    Bonnie's Blog of Crime

  • John Maruschak murder 7 / 16 / 2009 Cleveland, OH * Brothers Alex and Aaron Wulff charged with his murder*

    Bonnie's Blog of Crime

  • John Maruschak murder 7 / 16 / 2009 Cleveland, OH * Brothers Alex and Aaron Wulff charged with his murder*

    Bonnie's Blog of Crime

  • Stark murder 12 / 09 / 07 Spokane, WA * wife Shellye arrested for his murder*

    Bonnie's Blog of Crime

  • Washington - Shellye Stark murder trial (murder of her husband, Dale) - delayed Update: Sandra Cantu murder * Melissa Huckaby arrested and charged with her kidnapping and murder*

    Bonnie's Blog of Crime

  • Peggy Perez-Olivo murder 11 / 18 / 06 Millwood, NY * husband Carlos arrested and charged with her murder*

    Bonnie's Blog of Crime

  • John Maruschak murder 7 / 16 / 2009 Cleveland, OH * Brothers Alex and Aaron Wulff charged with his murder*

    Bonnie's Blog of Crime

Comments

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  • As there are

    Prides of lions,

    and herds of cattle,

    so there are murders of crows...

    Which is why I like this word.

    (Also, a storytelling of crows)

    http://www.rinkworks.com/words/collective.shtml

    May 10, 2007

  • "Murder for a jar of red rum" is a palindromic sentence.

    December 10, 2007

  • Unlawful killing. As opposed to lawful killing, I guess.

    September 20, 2008

  • Stop! Murder us not, tonsured rumpots!

    October 18, 2008

  • This is also clearly a plot sketch for a period murder mystery.

    October 19, 2008

  • While walking to school I witnessed a murder of crows cackling in a tree. It was murder to my ears so I put on my headphones and listened to 'Murder'.

    December 8, 2009

  • Fantastic progression, no? Murder to murder to murder.

    December 8, 2009

  • Thx! Didn't plan on it, kinda turned out that way.

    December 8, 2009

  • Scots - Ah was walkin' tae school whinna seeit a murrderr o' croos cacklin' inna treee.

    December 8, 2009

  • It was in Auchtermuchty, wannit?

    December 8, 2009