murder

To murder is to kill, and it's illegal. Murder is one of the worst crimes of all.

While murdering sometimes means mangling something (like murdering a speech you were trying to give) it usually means killing — but not just any killing. If you kill someone by accident or in self-defense, that's not murder. If a soldier kills an enemy, that's not murder. Murder is a planned, illegal form of taking someone's life. If you read a law book, you'll see how complicated murder can be.

Definitions of murder
  1. noun
    unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
    synonyms: execution, slaying
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    examples:
    Alamo
    a siege and massacre at a mission in San Antonio in 1836; Mexican forces under Santa Anna besieged and massacred American rebels who were fighting to make Texas independent of Mexico
    Battle of the Little Bighorn
    a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull; Custer underestimated the size of the Sioux forces (which were supported by Cheyenne warriors) and was killed along with all his command
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    assassination
    murder of a public figure by surprise attack
    bloodshed, gore
    the shedding of blood resulting in murder
    contract killing
    a murder carried out on agreement with a hired killer
    parricide
    the murder of your own father or mother
    mariticide
    the murder of a husband by his wife
    fratricide
    the murder of your sibling
    uxoricide
    the murder of a wife by her husband
    filicide
    the murder of your own son or daughter
    elimination, liquidation
    the murder of a competitor
    butchery, carnage, mass murder, massacre, slaughter
    the savage and excessive killing of many people
    lynching
    putting a person to death by mob action without due process of law
    regicide
    the act of killing a king
    dry-gulching
    the act of killing from ambush
    hit
    a murder carried out by an underworld syndicate
    infanticide
    murdering an infant
    shoot-down
    murder by shooting someone down in cold blood
    tyrannicide
    killing a tyrant
    thuggee
    murder and robbery by thugs
    matricide
    the murder of your mother
    patricide
    the murder of your father
    battue, bloodbath, bloodletting, bloodshed
    indiscriminate slaughter
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    homicide
    the killing of a human being by another human being
  2. verb
    kill intentionally and with premeditation
    “The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered
    synonyms: bump off, dispatch, hit, off, polish off, remove, slay
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    types:
    burke
    murder without leaving a trace on the body
    execute
    murder in a planned fashion
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    kill
    cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
  3. verb
    alter so as to make unrecognizable
    “The tourists murdered the French language”
    synonyms: mangle, mutilate
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    type of:
    distort, falsify, garble, warp
    make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
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