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[hom-uh-sahyd, hoh-muh-] /ˈhɒm əˌsaɪd, ˈhoʊ mə-/
the killing of one human being by another.
a person who kills another; murderer.
Origin of homicide
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French < Latin homicīdium a killing, homicīda killer, equivalent to homi- (combining form of homō man) + -cīdium, -cīda -cide
Related forms
self-homicide, noun
Can be confused
homicide, manslaughter, murder (see synonym study at kill) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for homicide
  • After an unexpected homicide at the halfway point, both films fall apart.
  • It must be very difficult to calculate homicide rates in prehistoric societies.
  • The charges included murder, conspiracy and negligent homicide.
  • And the homicide unit is working on the theory that the killer was a woman.
  • What started as a hunt for a missing 10-year-old is now a homicide investigation.
  • The jury returned a verdict reciting only that he was guilty of reckless homicide.
  • The death was ruled a homicide.
  • The cops linked his car to one that's sought in a Texas homicide.
  • Our cousin is a real-life private detective and points out homicide scenes as we drive around.
  • In 1954, King shot a man who was trying to rob one of his gambling houses and it was ruled a justifiable homicide.
British Dictionary definitions for homicide


the killing of a human being by another person
a person who kills another
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin homo man + caedere to slay
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Word Origin and History for homicide

"the killing of another person," early 13c., from Old French homicide, from Latin homicidium "manslaughter," from homo "man" (see homunculus) + -cidium "act of killing" (see -cide). The meaning "person who kills another" (late 14c.) also is from French, from Latin homicida "a murderer," from -cida "killer."

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homicide in Culture
homicide [(hom-uh-seyed)]

The killing of one person by another, whether intended (murder) or not (manslaughter). Not all homicide is unlawful; killing in self-defense, for example, is not a crime.

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