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
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n unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being

Synonyms:
execution, slaying
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
Types:
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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
Type of:
homicide
the killing of a human being by another human being

v kill intentionally and with premeditation

“The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered
Synonyms:
bump off, dispatch, hit, off, polish off, remove, slay
Types:
burke
murder without leaving a trace on the body
execute
murder in a planned fashion
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

v alter so as to make unrecognizable

“The tourists murdered the French language”
Synonyms:
mangle, mutilate
Type of:
distort, falsify, garble, warp
make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story

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