Origin: Partly from Old English morthor, partly from Old French murdre


1 noun
Related topics: Crime
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1 [uncountable and countable]SCC the crime of deliberately killing someone [↪ manslaughter]COLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
commit (a) murder investigate a murder accuse somebody of murder/charge somebody with murder a brutal murder attempted murder (=the crime of trying to kill someone) first-degree murder American English (=the most serious type of murder under US law) mass murder (=of a large number of people) murder victim murder weapon murder investigation/inquiry murder case/trial murder charge
On the night the murder was committed, he was out of the country.
The man accused of her murder will appear in court today.
He was found guilty of attempted murder.
She was charged with two counts of first degree murder.
The mother of the murder victim wept in court.
Police are searching for the murder weapon.
Detectives have launched a murder investigation.

get away with murder

informal to do anything you want, even things that are wrong, without being punished:
She lets those kids get away with murder.

be murder

spoken to be very difficult or unpleasant:
It's murder doing the shopping on Saturdays.
The traffic was murder this morning.

be murder on something

spoken to harm or damage something else:
These new shoes are murder on my feet.

➔ scream blue murder

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crimes that involve stealing things: robbery, burglary, theft, shoplifting, fraud, carjacking

crimes that involve attacking people : assault, mugging, murder, rape

someone who commits crimes: criminal, thief, crook, burglar, mugger, robber, pickpocket, rapist, offender, lawbreaker

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