Definition of "murder" [mur•der]

  • The unlawful killing of one human by another, especially with premeditated malice. (noun)
  • Slang Something that is very uncomfortable, difficult, or hazardous: The rush hour traffic is murder. (noun)
  • A flock of crows. See Synonyms at flock1. (noun)
  • To kill (another human) unlawfully. (verb-transitive)
  • To kill brutally or inhumanly. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "murder" in a sentence
  • "I mentioned the engagement as a mere matter of course to somebody, and though I mentioned it confidentially, it started this slander about Malcolm Cromarty and Cicely Farmond conspiring to murder -- to _murder_, Lilian!"
  • "Then, when the leading tongues of the guns had flashed out, and human life, even the life of dogs, had yielded to the demand of her cause, the last vestige of her dreaming had been swept away, and she told herself it was murder, _murder at her bidding_!"
  • "Peggy Perez-Olivo murder 11 / 18 / 06 Millwood, NY * husband Carlos arrested and charged with her murder*"