Definition of homicide in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɒmɪsʌɪd/


[mass noun] chiefly North American
1The killing of one person by another: he was charged with homicide [count noun]: knives account for a third of all homicides
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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.
1.1 (Homicide) The police department that deals with the crime of murder: a man 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 [count noun] dated A murderer.
Example sentences
  • 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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