man-slaughter

manslaughter

[man-slaw-ter]
noun
1.
Law. the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought.
2.
the killing of a human being by another; homicide.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; see man1, slaughter

homicide, kill, manslaughter, murder (see synonym study at kill).
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manslaughter (ˈmænˌslɔːtə)
 
n
1.  law Compare murder homicide See also malice aforethought the unlawful killing of one human being by another without malice aforethought
2.  (loosely) the killing of a human being

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manslaughter
c.1300, from O.E. mannslæht (Anglian), mannslieht (W.Saxon), from man (q.v.) + slæht, slieht "act of killing." Etymologically identical with homicide, but in legal use usually distinguished from murder and restricted to "simple homicide."
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manslaughter [(man-slaw-tuhr)]

The unlawful killing of a person, without malice or premeditation. Involuntary manslaughter is accidental, such as running into someone with a car. Voluntary manslaughter is committed in the “heat of passion,” as in a spontaneous fight in which one person is killed by a strong blow. Manslaughter is usually considered less serious than murder. Both murder and manslaughter are types of homicide.

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