homicide

[hom-uh-sahyd, hoh-muh-]
noun
1.
the killing of one human being by another.
2.
a person who kills another; murderer.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Middle French < Latin homicīdium a killing, homicīda killer, equivalent to homi- (combining form of homō man) + -cīdium, -cīda -cide

self-homicide, noun

homicide, kill, manslaughter, murder (see synonym study at kill).
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homicide (ˈhɒmɪˌsaɪd)
 
n
1.  the killing of a human being by another person
2.  a person who kills another
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin homo man + caedere to slay]

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homicide
"killing," c.1230, from O.Fr. homicide, from L. homicidium, from homo "man" + -cidium "act of killing" (see -cide). The meaning "person who kills" is also from O.Fr., from L. homicida, from -cida "killer."
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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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Example sentences
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.
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