Definition of murder noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɜːdə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrdər//
    Types of crime
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  1. 1   [uncountable, countable] the crime of killing somebody deliberately synonym homicide He was found guilty of murder. She has been charged with the attempted murder of her husband. to commit (a) murder a murder case/investigation/trial The rebels were responsible for the mass murder of 400 civilians. What was the murder weapon? The play is a murder mystery. CollocationsCrimeCommitting a crime commit a crime/​a murder/​a violent assault/​a brutal killing/​an armed robbery/​fraud be involved in terrorism/​a suspected arson attack/​people smuggling/​human trafficking engage/​participate in criminal activity/​illegal practices/​acts of mindless vandalism steal somebody’s wallet/​purse/(British English) mobile phone/(North American English) cell phone rob a bank/​a person/​a tourist break into/ (British English) burgle/ (North American English) burglarize a house/​a home/​an apartment hijack a plane/​ship/​bus smuggle drugs/​weapons/​arms/​immigrants launder drug money (through something) forge documents/​certificates/​passports take/​accept/​pay somebody/​offer (somebody) a bribe run a phishing/​an email/​an Internet scamFighting crime combat/​fight crime/​terrorism/​corruption/​drug trafficking prevent/​stop credit-card fraud/​child abuse/​software piracy deter/​stop criminals/​burglars/​thieves/​shoplifters/​vandals reduce/​tackle/​crack down on knife/​gun/​violent/​street crime; (especially British English) antisocial behaviour foil a bank raid/​a terrorist plot help/​support/​protect the victims of crimeInvestigating crime report a crime/​a theft/​a rape/​an attack/(especially British English) an incident to the police witness the crime/​attack/​murder/​incident investigate a murder/(especially North American English) a homicide/​a burglary/​a robbery/​the alleged incident conduct/​launch/​pursue an investigation (into…); (especially British English) a police/​murder inquiry investigate/​reopen a criminal/​murder case examine/​investigate/​find fingerprints at the crime scene/​the scene of crime collect/​gather forensic evidence uncover new evidence/​a fraud/​a scam/​a plot/​a conspiracy/​political corruption/​a cache of weapons describe/​identify a suspect/​the culprit/​the perpetrator/​the assailant/​the attacker question/​interrogate a suspect/​witness solve/​crack the case compare manslaughter See related entries: Types of crime
  2. 2[uncountable] (informal) used to describe something that is difficult or unpleasant It's murder trying to get to the airport at this time of day. It was murder (= very busy and unpleasant) in the office today.
  3. Word OriginOld English morthor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch moord and German Mord, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit mará ‘death’ and Latin mors; reinforced in Middle English by Old French murdre.Extra examples He committed the perfect murder and left no forensic evidence. He ordered the murder of his political opponents. He vowed to avenge his brother’s murder. Her latest novel is a gripping murder mystery. It was a murder which shocked the nation. Nothing justifies murder. The city used to be the murder capital of the world. They let their children get away with murder! a city that has the highest murder rate in the US a verdict of wilful murder murders committed by terrorists new evidence that implicated her in the murder the wholesale murder of innocent citizens She had committed the murder the night before her thirtieth birthday. The play is a murder mystery. What was the murder weapon? Who is responsible for this brutal murder?Idioms (informal, often humorous) to do whatever you want without being stopped or punished
    scream blue murder (British English) (North American English scream bloody murder)
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    to scream loudly and for a long time, especially in order to protest about something
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