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murderous

[mur-der-uh s] /ˈmɜr dər əs/
adjective
1.
of the nature of or involving murder:
a murderous deed.
2.
guilty of, bent on, or capable of murder.
3.
extremely difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant:
murderous heat.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; murder + -ous
Related forms
murderously, adverb
murderousness, noun
nonmurderous, adjective
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Examples for murderous
  • They would soon view them as little more than murderous from a humanitarian perspective.
British Dictionary definitions for murderous

murderous

/ˈmɜːdərəs/
adjective
1.
intending, capable of, or guilty of murder
2.
(informal) very dangerous, difficult, or unpleasant a murderous road
Derived Forms
murderously, adverb
murderousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for murderous
adj.

1530s, a hybrid from murder + -ous. An Old English word for it was morðorhycgende. Related: Murderously; murderousness.

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