NounMurder (plural Murders)
- (countable) An act of deliberate killing of another human being.
- (uncountable) (law) The crime of deliberate killing.
- (uncountable) (When used as a predicative noun): Something terrible to endure.
- (countable) The collective noun for crows
- To deliberately kill (a person or persons).
- (transitive) (sports, figuratively, colloquial) To defeat decisively.
- To botch or mangle
- (figuratively, colloquial) To kick someone's ass or chew someone out (used to express one’s anger at somebody).
- (figuratively, colloquial, UK) to devour, ravish.
Adjectives for Murder
cold-blooded; wanton; complicated; anarchic; mightiest; mortal; contested; high-handed; potential; unparalleled; unprovoked; foul; direful; nihilistic; sacrilegious; treacherous; willful; judicial; deliberate; various (plural); ruthless; gruesome.
Verbs for Murder
atone for—; avenge—; contrive—; cover—; exalt—; execute—; expiate—; perform—; perpetrate—; plan—; plot—; punish—; redeem—; relish—; repent—; reveal—; revenge—; —awes; —confuses; —scandalizes; —terrifies.
Adverbs for Murder
pitilessly; deliberately; foully; treacherously; inhumanly; wantonly; unprovokedly; direfully; sacrilegiously; gruesomely; ruthlessly; irrationally; sadistically.
abate, abolish, annihilate, asphyxiate, assassinate, assassination, be all thumbs, behead, blood, bloodshed, bloody murder, blot out, blunder, blunder away, blunder into, blunder on, blunder upon, boggle, botch, bumble, bump off, bumping-off, bungle, butcher, butchery, carnage, commit a gaffe, cool, decapitate, decimation, destroy, do in, dust off, electrocute, eliminate, elimination, eradicate, eradication, execute, exterminate, extermination, extinguish, faux pas, finish, flounder, foul play, fratricide, fumble, garrote, genocide, get rid of, guillotine, hang, homicide, ice, infanticide, kill, killing, knock off, lay low, liquidate, liquidation, lumber, lynch, mangle, manslaughter, mar, massacre, matricide, miscue, muddle, muff, murdering, mutilate, parricide, patricide, play havoc with, polish off, purge, purging, put away, put down, put to death, regicide, removal, remove, root out, rub out, ruin, scrag, slaughter, slay, slaying, slip, smother, snuff out, sororicide, spoil, strangle, stumble, thuggee, thuggery, thuggism, trip, uproot, uxoricide, waste, wipe out, wiping out, wreck
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 base *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”).
The -d- in the Middle English form may have been influenced in part by Anglo-Norman murdre from Medieval Latin murdrum from Old French murdre from Frankish *murþra "murder", from the same Germanic root, though this may also have wholly been the result of internal development (compare burden from burthen).
- (RP) IPA: /ˈmɜːdə/, SAMPA: /"m3:d@/
- (US) IPA: /ˈmɝdɚ/, SAMPA: /"m3`d@`/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)də(r)
- Adjectives often applied to "murder": attempted, unsolved, brutal, double, triple, horrible, terrible, heinous, hideous, atrocious.
- (deliberately kill): assassinate, kill, massacre, slaughter
- (defeat decisively): thrash, trounce, wipe the floor with
- (express one’s anger at): kill