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murder (ˈmɜːdə



  1. the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another . Compare manslaughter, homicide
  2. (informal) something dangerous, difficult, or unpleasant   ⇒  ■ driving around London is murder
  3. See cry blue murder

  4. See get away with murder


verb (mainly transitive)

  1. (also intransitive) to kill (someone) unlawfully with premeditation or during the commission of a crime
  2. to kill brutally
  3. (informal) to destroy; ruin   ⇒  ■ he murdered her chances of happiness
  4. (informal) to defeat completely; beat decisively   ⇒  ■ the home team murdered their opponents

Also (archaic or dialect): : murther

Derived Forms

ˈmurderer  noun
ˈmurderess  feminine noun

Word Origin

Old English morthor; related to Old English morth, Old Norse morth, Latin mors death; compare French meurtre


View thesaurus entry
= agony, misery, hell (informal)
= kill, massacre, slaughter, assassinate, hit (slang), destroy, waste (informal), do in (informal), eliminate (slang), take out (slang), terminate (slang), butcher, dispatch, slay, blow away (slang) (mainly US), bump off (slang), rub out (US) (slang), take the life of, do to death, murk (slang)
= beat decisively, thrash, stuff (slang), cream (slang) (mainly US), tank (slang), hammer (informal), slaughter, lick (informal), wipe the floor with (informal), make mincemeat of (informal), blow someone out of the water (slang), drub, defeat someone utterly, murk (slang)

Quotations including 'murder'

  • "Thou shalt not kill" [Bible: Exodus]
  • "Murder will out" [Geoffrey Chaucer
  • "murder most foul" [William Shakespeare

Translations for 'murder'

  • British English: murder Murder is the crime of deliberately killing a person.He was jailed for life after being found guilty of murder.ˈmɜːdə NOUN
  • Arabic: قَتْلٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: assassinato
  • Chinese: 谋杀
  • Croatian: ubojstvo
  • Czech: vražda
  • Danish: mord
  • Dutch: moord
  • European Spanish: asesinato
  • Finnish: murha
  • French: meurtre
  • German: Mord
  • Greek: φόνος
  • Italian: omicidio
  • Japanese: 殺人
  • Korean: 살인
  • Norwegian: mord
  • Polish: morderstwo
  • Portuguese: assassinato
  • Romanian: crimă crime
  • Russian: убийство
  • Spanish: asesinato
  • Swedish: mord
  • Thai: การฆาตกรรม
  • Turkish: cinayet
  • Ukrainian: вбивство
  • Vietnamese: tội giết người
  • British English: murder To murder someone means to commit the crime of killing them deliberately....a movie about a woman who murders her husband.ˈmɜːdə VERB
  • Arabic: يَقْتِلُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: assassinar
  • Chinese: 谋杀
  • Croatian: ubiti
  • Czech: zavraždit vraždit
  • Danish: myrde
  • Dutch: vermoorden
  • European Spanish: asesinar
  • Finnish: murhata
  • French: assassiner
  • German: ermorden
  • Greek: δολοφονώ
  • Italian: uccidere
  • Japanese: 殺害する
  • Korean: 살인하다
  • Norwegian: myrde
  • Polish: zamordować mordować
  • Portuguese: assassinar
  • Romanian: a ucide
  • Russian: убивать
  • Spanish: asesinar
  • Swedish: mörda
  • Thai: ฆาตกรรม
  • Turkish: katletmek
  • Ukrainian: вбивати вбити
  • Vietnamese: giết người

Example Sentences Including 'murder'

They seemed to be mainly about a triple murder Jarawa was supposed to have ordered last year on the twenty-first of December.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
Terrorists, someone with a grudge against the US - it looks like nothing more than plain murder.
Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)
He was no more able to discuss tactics than he was able to contemplate murder.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)


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