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Meaning of MURDER

Pronunciation:  'murdur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  unlawful premeditated killing of a human being
  2. [v]  alter so as to make unrecognizable; "The tourists murdered the French language"
  3. [v]  kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"

MURDER is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: bump off, dispatch, execution, hit, homicide, mangle, mutilate, polish off, remove, slay, slaying
 See Also: assassination, blood, bloodshed, burke, butchery, carnage, distort, dry-gulching, elimination, execute, falsify, fratricide, garble, gore, hit, infanticide, kill, kill, killing, liquidation, mass murder, massacre, parricide, putting to death, shoot-down, slaughter, thuggee, tyrannicide, warp



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mur"der\, n. [OE. morder, morther, AS. mor[eth]or, fr.
    mor[eth] murder; akin to D. moord, OS. mor[eth], G., Dan., &
    Sw. mord, Icel. mor[eth], Goth. ma['u]r[thorn]r, OSlav.
    mr[=e]ti to die, Lith. mirti, W. marw dead, L. mors, mortis,
    death, mori, moriri, to die, Gr. broto`s (for mroto`s)
    mortal, 'a`mbrotos immortal, Skr. m[.r] to die, m[.r]ta
    death. [root]105. Cf. {Amaranth}, {Ambrosia}, {Mortal}.]
    The offense of killing a human being with malice prepense or
    aforethought, express or implied; intentional and unlawful
    homicide. ``Mordre will out.'' --Chaucer.
          The killing of their children had, in the account of
          God, the guilt of murder, as the offering them to idols
          had the guilt of idolatry.               --Locke.
          Slaughter grows murder when it goes too far. --Dryden.
    Note: Murder in the second degree, in most jurisdictions, is
          a malicious homicide committed without a specific
          intention to take life. --Wharton.
  2. \Mur"der\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Murdered}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Murdering}.] [OE. mortheren, murtheren, AS. myr?rian;
    akin to OHG. murdiren, Goth. ma['u]r?rjan. See {Murder}, n.]
    1. To kill with premediated malice; to kill (a human being)
       willfully, deliberately, and unlawfully. See {Murder}, n.
    2. To destroy; to put an end to.
             [Canst thou] murder thy breath in middle of a word?
    3. To mutilate, spoil, or deform, as if with malice or
       cruelty; to mangle; as, to murder the king's English.
    Syn: To kill; assassinate; slay. See {Kill}.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you have committed a murder indicates that you are putting an end to an old habit and your former ways of thinking. This could also mean an end to an addiction. Alternatively, you may have some repressed aggression or rage at yourself or at others. Dreaming that you witness a murder indicates deep-seated anger towards somebody. Consider how the victim represents aspects of yourself that you want to destroy or eliminate. Dreaming that you are murdered, suggests that some important and significant relationship has been severed and you are trying to disconnect yourself from your emotions. It also represents your unused talents. Note also that dreams of murder occur frequently during periods of depression.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: The unlawful killing of a human being with deliberate intent to kill: (1) murder in the first degree is characterized by premeditation; (2) murder in the second degree is characterized by a sudden and instantaneous intent to kill or to cause injury without caring whether the injury kills or not.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Wilful murder was distinguished from accidental homicide, and was invariably visited with capital punishment (Num. 35:16, 18, 21, 31; Lev. 24:17). This law in its principle is founded on the fact of man's having been made in the likeness of God (Gen. 9:5, 6; John 8:44; 1 John 3:12, 15). The Mosiac law prohibited any compensation for murder or the reprieve of the murderer (Ex. 21:12, 14; Deut. 19:11, 13; 2 Sam. 17:25; 20:10). Two witnesses were required in any capital case (Num. 35:19-30; Deut. 17:6-12). If the murderer could not be discovered, the city nearest the scene of the murder was required to make expiation for the crime committed (Deut. 21:1-9). These offences also were to be punished with death, (1) striking a parent; (2) cursing a parent; (3) kidnapping (Ex. 21:15-17; Deut. 27:16).

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