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murder

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Etymology

From Old English morþor, influenced in Middle English by Old French murdre (French meurtre), itself from Germanic.

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Noun

Singular
murder

Plural
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  1. (countable) An act of deliberate killing.
    There have been ten unsolved murders this year alone.
  2. (uncountable) (law) The crime of deliberate killing.
    The defendant was charged with murder.
  3. (uncountable) (When used as a predicative noun): Something terrible to endure.
    This headache is murder.
  4. (countable) The collective noun for crows
    • 1995, Deepak Chopra, The Return of Merlin: A Novel, ISBN 0517598493, page 108,  
      For his part, Melchior was growing unhappy with the murder of crows. They had been patiently following Arthur for hours, trailing him from town to country.
    • 2001, Daniel Handler, The Vile Village, ISBN 0064408655, page 76,  
      Without the murder of crows roosting in its branches, Nevermore Tree looked as bare as a skeleton.
    • 2004, Incubus, A Crow Left of the Murder...,
      Out of line! Indivisable! A crow left of the murder!

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Verb

Infinitive
to murder

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to murder (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To deliberately kill (a person or persons).
  2. (transitive) (sports, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To defeat decisively.
    Our team is going to murder them.
  3. To botch or mangle
    • 1892, William Shepard Walsh, Handy-book of Literary Curiosities[1], page 293,  
      Dr. Caius, the Frenchman in the play, and Evans the Welshman, "Gallia et Guallia," succeed pretty well in their efforts to murder the language.
  4. (figuratively, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To kick someone's ass or chew someone out (used to express one’s anger at somebody).
    He's torn my best shirt. When I see him, I'll murder him!
  5. (figuratively, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to devour, ravish.
    I could murder a hamburger right now.

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