2 verb
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murder2 [transitive]
1SCC to kill someone deliberately and illegally:
He was convicted of murdering a policeman.
Thousands of civilians were brutally murdered during the civil war.
the murdered man
see usage note kill1
2 informal to spoil a song, play etc by performing it very badly:
It's a good song, but they murdered it.

somebody will murder you

spoken used to tell someone that another person will be very angry with them:
Your dad'll murder you when he hears about it.

I could murder a beer/pizza etc

British English spoken used to say that you are very hungry or thirsty and want a particular food or drink
5 informal to defeat someone completely:
They murdered us in the final.

kill, murder, execute, put to death, kill yourself, commit suicide, slaughter, massacre, assassinate
There are many different words meaning to kill someone. Kill is the most general He says he did not mean to kill his wife. Thousands of soldiers were killed in the war.Use murder to talk about deliberately killing someone, especially after planning to do it He is charged with murdering a policeman.When you are talking about killing someone as a punishment for a crime, use execute or put someone to death He was executed by a firing squad. the first person to be put to death in San Quentin jailIf someone deliberately causes their own death, say that they commit suicide or that someone kills himself or herself the feeling of hopelessness that led him to commit suicide, It was not the first time she had tried to kill herself. Slaughter and massacre mean to violently kill a large number of people who cannot defend themselves. These words are used mainly in writing or journalism Hundreds of innocent civilians were slaughtered. Soldiers massacred 900 men, women, and children in the village.Use assassinate to talk about killing an important person, especially a politician J.F.Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.See also kill

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