Antonyms for murder

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : mur-der
Phonetic Transcription : ˈmɜr dər

Definition of murder

Origin :
  • c.1300, murdre, from Old English morðor (plural morþras) "secret killing of a person, unlawful killing," also "mortal sin, crime; punishment, torment, misery," from Proto-Germanic *murthra- (cf. Goth maurþr, and, from a variant form of the same root, Old Saxon morth, Old Frisian morth, Old Norse morð, Middle Dutch moort, Dutch moord, German Mord "murder"), from PIE *mrtro-, from root *mer- "to die" (see mortal (adj.)). The spelling with -d- probably reflects influence of Anglo-French murdre, from Old French mordre, from Medieval Latin murdrum, from the Germanic root.
  • Viking custom, typical of Germanic, distinguished morð (Old Norse) "secret slaughter," from vig (Old Norse) "slaying." The former involved concealment, or slaying a man by night or when asleep, and was a heinous crime. The latter was not a disgrace, if the killer acknowledged his deed, but he was subject to vengeance or demand for compensation.
  • Mordre wol out that se we day by day. [Chaucer, "Nun's Priest's Tale," c.1386]
  • Weakened sense of "very unpleasant situation" is from 1878.
  • noun killing
  • verb kill
Example sentences :
  • Murder had been done and Joe was the boy I was going to pin it on.
  • Extract from : « Arm of the Law » by Harry Harrison
  • In that case he'd double back and come past Murder Point, trying to get out.
  • Extract from : « Murder Point » by Coningsby Dawson
  • Murder would promptly be done, if he knew anything of the American.
  • Extract from : « The Night Riders » by Ridgwell Cullum
  • In one thing only were they united—in their desire to see the last of Murder Point.
  • Extract from : « Murder Point » by Coningsby Dawson
  • Murder—at least the type we're concerned with—is a form of release, you know.
  • Extract from : « We're Friends, Now » by Henry Hasse
  • It seems they rushed us aft together, gripped as we were, screaming 'Murder!'
  • Extract from : « The Secret Sharer » by Joseph Conrad
  • Murder forbade me even as much as to look out of the windows.
  • Extract from : « Romance » by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • It seems they rushed us aft together, gripped as we were, screaming “Murder!”
  • Extract from : « 'Twixt Land & Sea » by Joseph Conrad
  • What would not Cromwell have given to suppress 'Killing no Murder'!
  • Extract from : « The Book-Hunter at Home » by P. B. M. Allan
  • The pain was so exquisite that the victim shrieked "Murder!"
  • Extract from : « Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks » by Bracebridge Hemyng

Synonyms for murder

Based on : - - - Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019