Mur·der n. The offense of killing a human being with malice prepense or aforethought, express or implied; intentional and unlawful homicide. “Mordre will out.”
The killing of their children had, in the account of God, the guilt of murder, as the offering them to idols had the guilt of idolatry. --Locke.
Slaughter grows murder when it goes too far. --Dryden.
Note: ☞ Murder in the second degree, in most jurisdictions, is a malicious homicide committed without a specific intention to take life.
Mur·der, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Murdered p. pr. & vb. n. Murdering.]
1. To kill with premediated malice; to kill (a human being) willfully, deliberately, and unlawfully. See Murder, n.
2. To destroy; to put an end to.
[Canst thou] murder thy breath in middle of a word? --Shak.
3. To mutilate, spoil, or deform, as if with malice or cruelty; to mangle; as, to murder the king's English.
Syn: -- To kill; assassinate; slay. See Kill.
n : unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human
being [syn: slaying, execution]
v 1: kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss
ordered his enemies murdered" [syn: slay, hit, dispatch,
bump off, polish off, remove]
2: alter so as to make unrecognizable; "The tourists murdered
the French language" [syn: mangle, mutilate]
Wilful murder was distinguished from accidental homicide, and
was invariably visited with capital punishment (Num. 35:16, 18,
21, 31; Lev. 24:17). This law in its principle is founded on the
fact of man's having been made in the likeness of God (Gen. 9:5,
6; John 8:44; 1 John 3:12, 15). The Mosiac law prohibited any
compensation for murder or the reprieve of the murderer (Ex.
21:12, 14; Deut. 19:11, 13; 2 Sam. 17:25; 20:10). Two witnesses
were required in any capital case (Num. 35:19-30; Deut.
17:6-12). If the murderer could not be discovered, the city
nearest the scene of the murder was required to make expiation
for the crime committed (Deut. 21:1-9). These offences also were
to be punished with death, (1) striking a parent; (2) cursing a
parent; (3) kidnapping (Ex. 21:15-17; Deut. 27:16).