murderess

murderess

[mur-der-is]
noun
a woman who commits murder.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English moerdrice, morderes; see murder, -ess


See -ess.
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murder (ˈmɜːdə)
 
n
1.  manslaughter Compare homicide the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another
2.  informal something dangerous, difficult, or unpleasant: driving around London is murder
3.  informal cry blue murder to make an outcry
4.  informal get away with murder to escape censure; do as one pleases
 
vb
5.  (also intr) to kill (someone) unlawfully with premeditation or during the commission of a crime
6.  to kill brutally
7.  informal to destroy; ruin: he murdered her chances of happiness
8.  informal to defeat completely; beat decisively: the home team murdered their opponents
 
[Old English morthor; related to Old English morth, Old Norse morth, Latin mors death; compare French meurtre]
 
'murderer
 
n
 
'murderess
 
fem n

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