Definition of homicide in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhäməˌsīd/


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.
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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Syllabification: hom·i·cide

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