Definition of homicide in English:


Syllabification: hom·i·cide
Pronunciation: /ˈhäməˌsīd, ˈhōmə-


chiefly North American
  • 1The deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another; murder: he was charged with homicide two thirds of homicides in the county were drug-related
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    • The principal felonies were homicide, rape, theft, burglary, robbery and arson.
    • He was charged with criminal homicide and is lodged in the county prison.
    • Men, on the other hand, had been sentenced to prison primarily for serious assault, drugs, homicide, and robbery.
    murder, killing, slaughter, butchery, massacre; assassination, execution, extermination; patricide, matricide, infanticide
    literary slaying
  • 1.1 (Homicide) The police department that deals with murders: a detective from Homicide
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    • Det Supt Andy Brennan, of West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said the woman's injuries included a number of bruises to her body, and marks around her neck.
    • Operation Recall, led by West Yorkshire Police's newly formed Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, has already resulted in two men being charged.
    • One of the five detained during the weekend was held in St Vincent on Friday by two local policemen, one from Homicide, the other a detective.
  • 1.2 dated A murderer.
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    • An extraordinary 40 per cent of homicides cannot remember the moment of murder.


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin homicidium, from homo, homin- 'man'.

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