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murder (ˈmɜrdər Pronunciation for )



  1. the unlawful and malicious or premeditated killing of one human being by another; also, any killing done while committing some other felony, as rape or robbery
  2. (US, informal) something very hard, unsafe, or disagreeable to do or deal with

transitive verb

  1. to kill (a person) unlawfully and with malice
  2. to kill inhumanly or barbarously, as in warfare
  3. to spoil, mar, etc., as in performance   ⇒ the song was murdered by the singer

intransitive verb

  1. to commit murder

Word Origin

ME murthir, mordre < OE & OFr: OE morthor, akin to ON morth, Goth maurthr; OFr mordre < Frank * morthr: all ult. < IE * mṛtóm < base * mer- > mortal


View thesaurus entry
= killing, assassination, bloodshed, butchery, carnage, homicide, manslaughter, massacre, slaying

Translations for 'murder'

  • American English: murderPronunciation for murder Murder is the crime of deliberately killing a person.The jury found him guilty of murder. murders
  • Arabic: قَتْلٌPronunciation for قَتْلٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: assassinatoPronunciation for assassinato
  • Chinese: 谋杀Pronunciation for 谋杀
  • Croatian: ubojstvoPronunciation for ubojstvo
  • Czech: vraždaPronunciation for vražda
  • Danish: mordPronunciation for mord
  • Dutch: moordPronunciation for moord
  • European Spanish: asesinatoPronunciation for asesinato
  • Finnish: murhaPronunciation for murha
  • French: meurtrePronunciation for meurtre
  • German: MordPronunciation for Mord
  • Greek: φόνοςPronunciation for φόνος
  • Italian: omicidioPronunciation for omicidio
  • Japanese: 殺人Pronunciation for 殺人
  • Korean: 살인Pronunciation for 살인
  • Norwegian: mordPronunciation for mord
  • Polish: morderstwoPronunciation for morderstwo
  • Portuguese: assassinatoPronunciation for assassinato
  • Romanian: crimă crime
  • Russian: убийствоPronunciation for убийство
  • Spanish: asesinatoPronunciation for asesinato
  • Swedish: mordPronunciation for mord
  • Thai: การฆาตกรรมPronunciation for การฆาตกรรม
  • Turkish: cinayetPronunciation for cinayet
  • Ukrainian: вбивство
  • Vietnamese: tội giết ngườiPronunciation for tội giết người
  • American English: murderPronunciation for murder To murder someone means to commit the crime of killing them deliberately....a movie about a woman who murders her husband. murders, murdering, murdered
  • Arabic: يَقْتِلُPronunciation for يَقْتِلُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: assassinarPronunciation for assassinar
  • Chinese: 谋杀Pronunciation for 谋杀
  • Croatian: ubitiPronunciation for ubiti
  • Czech: zavražditPronunciation for zavraždit vraždit
  • Danish: myrdePronunciation for myrde
  • Dutch: vermoordenPronunciation for vermoorden
  • European Spanish: asesinarPronunciation for asesinar
  • Finnish: murhataPronunciation for murhata
  • French: assassinerPronunciation for assassiner
  • German: ermordenPronunciation for ermorden
  • Greek: δολοφονώPronunciation for δολοφονώ
  • Italian: ucciderePronunciation for uccidere
  • Japanese: 殺害するPronunciation for 殺害する
  • Korean: 살인하다Pronunciation for 살인하다
  • Norwegian: myrdePronunciation for myrde
  • Polish: zamordowaćPronunciation for zamordować mordować
  • Portuguese: assassinarPronunciation for assassinar
  • Romanian: a ucide
  • Russian: убиватьPronunciation for убивать
  • Spanish: asesinarPronunciation for asesinar
  • Swedish: mördaPronunciation for mörda
  • Thai: ฆาตกรรมPronunciation for ฆาตกรรม
  • Turkish: katletmekPronunciation for katletmek
  • Ukrainian: вбивати вбити
  • Vietnamese: giết ngườiPronunciation for giết người

Example Sentences Including 'murder'

Rocket Docket Rudolph was pushing the Steere case through on greased skids; Marta doubted even a murder in the office would slow him down.
Lisa Scottoline ROUGH JUSTICE (2001)
Of the murder of Ayatollah al-Khoei, for which two of Muqtada's guards have been arrested, Muqtada denies involvement.
Time Magazine (2003)
Barbara Opel, 39, faces a February trial date on a charge of aggravated first-degree murder.
Seattle Times (2002)
It has been searched top to bottom by teams of detectives scouring for evidence of murder.
Seattle Times (2002)
Her joy was all but undiminished even by the news of Lincoln's murder in the theatre.
Kevin Baker PARADISE ALLEY (2002)


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