Hypertext Webster Gateway: "murder"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

Wilful murder was distinguished from accidental homicide, and
was invariably visited with capital punishment (Num. 35:16, 18,
21, 31; Lev. 24:17). This law in its principle is founded on the
fact of man's having been made in the likeness of God (Gen. 9:5,
6; John 8:44; 1 John 3:12, 15). The Mosiac law prohibited any
compensation for murder or the reprieve of the murderer (Ex.
21:12, 14; Deut. 19:11, 13; 2 Sam. 17:25; 20:10). Two witnesses
were required in any capital case (Num. 35:19-30; Deut.
17:6-12). If the murderer could not be discovered, the city
nearest the scene of the murder was required to make expiation
for the crime committed (Deut. 21:1-9). These offences also were
to be punished with death, (1) striking a parent; (2) cursing a
parent; (3) kidnapping (Ex. 21:15-17; Deut. 27:16).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Murder \Mur"der\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Murdered}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Murdering}.] [OE. mortheren, murtheren, AS. myr?rian;
akin to OHG. murdiren, Goth. ma['u]r?rjan. See {Murder}, n.]
1. To kill with premediated malice; to kill (a human being)
willfully, deliberately, and unlawfully. See {Murder}, n.

2. To destroy; to put an end to.

[Canst thou] murder thy breath in middle of a word?

3. To mutilate, spoil, or deform, as if with malice or
cruelty; to mangle; as, to murder the king's English.

Syn: To kill; assassinate; slay. See {Kill}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Murder \Mur"der\, n. [OE. morder, morther, AS. mor[eth]or, fr.
mor[eth] murder; akin to D. moord, OS. mor[eth], G., Dan., &
Sw. mord, Icel. mor[eth], Goth. ma['u]r[thorn]r, OSlav.
mr[=e]ti to die, Lith. mirti, W. marw dead, L. mors, mortis,
death, mori, moriri, to die, Gr. broto`s (for mroto`s)
mortal, 'a`mbrotos immortal, Skr. m[.r] to die, m[.r]ta
death. [root]105. Cf. {Amaranth}, {Ambrosia}, {Mortal}.]
The offense of killing a human being with malice prepense or
aforethought, express or implied; intentional and unlawful
homicide. ``Mordre will out.'' --Chaucer.

The killing of their children had, in the account of
God, the guilt of murder, as the offering them to idols
had the guilt of idolatry. --Locke.

Slaughter grows murder when it goes too far. --Dryden.

Note: Murder in the second degree, in most jurisdictions, is
a malicious homicide committed without a specific
intention to take life. --Wharton.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : unlawful premeditated killing of a human being [syn: {homicide},
v 1: kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss
ordered his enemies murdered" [syn: {slay}, {hit}, {dispatch},
{bump off}, {polish off}, {remove}]
2: "The tourists murdered the French language" [syn: {mangle},

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