murder
I. noun Etymology: partly from Middle English murther, from Old English morthor; partly from Middle English murdre, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English morthor; akin to Old High German mord murder, Latin mort-, mors death, mori to die, mortuus dead, Greek brotos mortal Date: before 12th century 1. the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought 2. a. something very difficult or dangerous <
the traffic was murder
>
b. something outrageous or blameworthy <
getting away with murder
>
II. verb (murdered; murdering) Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to kill (a human being) unlawfully and with premeditated malice 2. to slaughter wantonly ; slay 3. a. to put an end to b. tease, torment c. mutilate, mangle <
murders French
>
d. to defeat badly intransitive verb to commit murder Synonyms: see kill

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