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[hom-uh-sahyd-l, hoh-muh-] /ˌhɒm əˈsaɪd l, ˌhoʊ mə-/
of or relating to homicide.
having a tendency to commit homicide.
Origin of homicidal
1715-25; homicide + -al1
Related forms
homicidally, adverb
unhomicidal, adjective Unabridged
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  • It seemed that ordinary watchfulness would not avail against Paul's crazed, homicidal mania.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • And oh, the frensies, the homicidal energies, the child-roastings!

  • He knew that regret at the ending of the universal slaughter would be the sentiment of a homicidal lunatic.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • He was afflicted with homicidal mania, and was confined for a time in the asylum at Tulettes.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • And I knew well enough also that my double there was no homicidal ruffian.

    The Secret Sharer Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for homicidal


of, involving, or characterized by homicide
likely to commit homicide: a homicidal maniac
Derived Forms
homicidally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for homicidal

1725, from homicide + -al (1). Related: Homicidally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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