killing

Definitions of killing
  1. noun
    the act of terminating a life
    synonyms: kill, putting to death
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    coup de grace, deathblow
    the blow that kills (usually mercifully)
    death
    the act of killing
    euthanasia, mercy killing
    the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)
    homicide
    the killing of a human being by another human being
    despatch, dispatch
    killing a person or animal
    fell
    the act of felling something (as a tree)
    self-annihilation, self-destruction, suicide
    the act of killing yourself
    slaughter
    the killing of animals (as for food)
    poisoning
    the act of giving poison to a person or animal with the intent to kill
    asphyxiation, suffocation
    killing by depriving of oxygen
    ritual killing, sacrifice
    the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
    electrocution
    killing by electric shock
    beheading, decapitation
    killing by cutting off the head
    genocide, race murder, racial extermination
    systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
    honor killing
    an ancient tradition still sometimes observed; a male member of the family kills a female relative for tarnishing the family image
    manslaughter
    homicide without malice aforethought
    execution, murder, slaying
    unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
    assisted suicide
    suicide of a terminally ill person that involves an assistant who serves to make dying as painless and dignified as possible
    felo-de-se
    an act of deliberate self destruction
    hara-kiri, harakiri, harikari, seppuku
    ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai in the traditional Japanese society
    suttee
    the act of a Hindu widow willingly cremating herself on the funeral pyre of her dead husband
    gassing
    the deliberate act of poisoning some person or animal with gas
    shooting
    killing someone by gunfire
    choking, strangling, strangulation, throttling
    the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipe
    hecatomb
    a great sacrifice; an ancient Greek or Roman sacrifice of 100 oxen
    immolation
    killing or offering as a sacrifice
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    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
  2. noun
    an event that causes someone to die
    synonyms: violent death
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    fatality, human death
    a death resulting from an accident or a disaster
  3. noun
    a very large profit
    synonyms: cleanup
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    earnings, lucre, net, net income, net profit, profit, profits
    the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
  4. adjective
    very funny
    “a killing joke”
    synonyms: sidesplitting
    humorous, humourous
    full of or characterized by humor
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