murdermur‧der1 /ˈmɜːdə $ ˈmɜːrdər/ ●●●S3W2 noun1[countable, uncountable]SCCKILL the crime of deliberately killing someone → manslaughterOn the night the murder was committed, he was out of the country.The man accused of her murder will appear in court today.murder ofthe brutal murder of a childHe 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.► see thesaurus at crime2 →get away with murder3 →be murder4 →be murder on something → scream blue murderat scream1(1)COLLOCATIONSverbscommit (a) murder (=murder someone)Whoever had committed these murders had planned them carefully.be guilty of murderThey had wished him dead, but that did not make them guilty of murder.accuse somebody of murder (=say that you think someone murdered a person)Dillon was accused of both murders.deny murder (=say that you did not kill someone)The four accused men all deny murder.charge somebody with murder (=officially say that someone may be guilty of murder)Is there enough evidence to charge him with murder?investigate a murderThe police are investigating the murder of a homeless man.solve a murder (=find out who murdered someone)The murder has never been solved.adjectivesa brutal/horrific murder (=violent and cruel)He is wanted for the brutal murder of a young girl.cold-blooded murder (=not caused by strong emotions)He didn’t kill his wife in a moment of anger; it was cold-blooded murder.premeditated murder (=planned before it happens)He was charged with premeditated murder.an unsolved murder (=for which the killer has never been found)Police questioned the man about two unsolved murders.attempted murder (=the crime of trying to kill someone)I am arresting you for attempted murder.first-degree murder (also murder in the first degree) American English (=the most serious type of murder under U.S. law)If convicted of first-degree murder, he will spend the rest of his life in prison.mass murder (=of a large number of people)Hitler was responsible for the largest mass murder in history.murder + NOUNa murder victim (=someone who has been murdered)The family of the murder victim pleaded for information to find the killer.a murder weapon (=the gun, knife etc used to murder someone)Have they found the murder weapon?a murder scene (=where a murder happened)His blood matched the blood found at the murder scene.a murder investigationA murder investigation is underway after a woman’s body was found in a tunnel.a murder charge (=an official statement saying someone may be guilty of murder)He has escaped a murder charge, but his career is finished.phrasesa motive for murder (=a reason to kill someone)Police believe the motive for the murders was robbery.
murdermurder2 ●●●W3 verb [transitive]1SCCKILLto kill someone deliberately and illegallyHe was convicted of murdering a policeman.Thousands of civilians were brutally murdered during the civil war.the murdered man► see thesaurus at kill2informalDO BADLY to spoil a song, play etc by performing it very badlyIt’s a good song, but they murdered it.3 →somebody will murder you4 →I could murder a beer/pizza etc5informalBEAT/DEFEAT to defeat someone completelyThey murdered us in the final.→ See Verb table
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murder• On his order, a million people were brutally murdered.• The next morning, another black who was allegedly part of the ambushparty was brought to the same spot and murdered.• Your husband, Lady Isabella, had secrets - that is why he was murdered.• The girl had been raped and murdered.• The confessor was murdered and Dymphna was beheaded for reftising to return home.• She was murdered before she could call for help.• Read in studio An inquest has opened on a young girl, who it's alleged was murdered by her father.• One of the country's top judges has been murdered by the Mafia.• The latent thought is the notion that Gloucester may be plotting to murder him - an idea too horrifying to contemplate.• Wilson is accused of murdering his daughter and her boyfriend.• The opening actmurdered "Love is All Around."• the murdered manOriginmurder1Partly from Old Englishmorthor, partly from Old Frenchmurdre