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

  • n. Obsolete Variant of murder.

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  • n. Obsolete form of murder.
  • v. Obsolete form of murder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Murder, n. & v.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. See murder, etc.


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  • With which answer the king was so pacified, that he indeuored by pretending his fauor towards the sonne, to extenuat the tyrannicall murther of the father.

    Chronicles (1 of 6): The Historie of England (6 of 8) The Sixt Booke of the Historie of England

  • Separately but in the same session, the Security Council voted to kill King Claudius of Denmark, approving, with the Danish government's consent, the use of an unmanned aerial drone to strike at the usurping monarch and avenge our sweet father's murther with the native hue of resolution.

    U.N. Puts Huns on Notice

  • But influence it was not: "Feckin 'murther more like," Paddy said to Liam, out of Hanrahan's hearing, of course.

    Annals of the Naked Rowdies: The Earliest Days

  • “‘With many a foul and midnight murther fed,’” he observed, and Holland caught his arm to prevent him stepping into the path of an oncoming cart.

    The Blackstone Key

  • Grocery lists, people to murther, the possibilities are endless.


  • The Miller swore to murther him, betwixt a pair of Stones.

    John Barleycorn

  • But as she awoke in the morning, she found the child by her side with throat cut; and presently the mother came and seeing her boy dead, said to the nurse, “Twas thou didst murther him.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “Thou counsellest well, O my brother,” and they agreed upon the murther.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The Governor addressing my brother asked him, “O villain, what led thee to enter their house with intention to murther?”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “Assuredly,” said Saddletree, “it being a statute made by our Sovereign Lord and Lady, to prevent the horrid delict of bringing forth children in secret — The crime is rather a favourite of the law, this species of murther being one of its ain creation.”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian


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  • Oh, uselessness, live is truly the best way! Especially if you're sitting in one of the first few rows of the theater. I didn't get pulled onstage like chained_bear, but I laughed so hard that my stomach muscles hurt the next day. :-)

    October 18, 2007

  • I need to watch that DVD again. A friend of mine held a "screening" of it a few years ago, and I forgot how funny it was! Of course, if I had the opportunity to see it live... well screw the DVD. ;-)

    October 18, 2007

  • Oh, well, if you're asking if I was on the DVD, I'm sure it wasn't me. But if they called me Bob... it was a long time ago, and I was mostly tipsy that whole trip, so... Who knows?

    October 18, 2007

  • Haha! This thread is almost as funny as the RSC.

    October 18, 2007

  • I was referring to the DVD of one of their London performances. A young woman named Tiffany was dragged up on state to play Ophelia, but the cast decided to call her "Bob."

    Just a long shot...

    October 18, 2007

  • ......... *long silence* ........... No. No, I'm not. Why would you......... No.

    October 18, 2007

  • C_B--you're not...BOB, are you?

    October 18, 2007

  • You know, the first time I saw their show, they hauled me up on stage (in London, no less, where I was traveling with a group of theatre students and a professor from my college) to be Ophelia. What a hoot and a half. I think I actually hurt myself laughing.

    October 18, 2007

  • I can't hear this word without thinking about the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Hilarious.

    October 18, 2007

  • archaic/obs. for murder. E.g. "Sleep no more, for Macbeth hath murthered sleep..."

    October 18, 2007