What is murder?

  • (noun): Unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being.
    Synonyms: slaying, execution
    See also — Additional definitions below

Murder

Murder is the unlawful killing, with malice aforethought, of another human, and generally this state of mind distinguishes murder from other forms of unlawful homicide (such as manslaughter). As the loss of a human being inflicts enormous grief upon the individuals close to the victim, as well as the fact that the commission of a murder is highly detrimental to the good order within society, most societies both present and in antiquity have considered it a most serious crime worthy of the harshest of punishment. In most countries, a person convicted of murder is typically given a long prison sentence, possibly a life sentence where permitted, and in some countries, the death penalty may be imposed for such an act — though this practice is becoming less common. In most countries, there is no statute of limitations for murder (no time limit for prosecuting someone for murder). A person who commits murder is called a murderer.

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Ordeal By Innocence - Plot Summary
... Not because he thought that murder was outside Jacko's 'moral range', but because he thought Jacko would be too cowardly to kill somebody himself that, if he wanted to murder somebody ... Dr MacMaster says "the kind of murder I'd have expected Jacko to do, if he did one, was the type where a couple of boys go out on a raid then, when the police come after them, the Jackos say 'Biff ... Shoot him down.' They're willing for murder, ready to incite to murder, but they've not got the nerve to do murder themselves with their own hands" ...
Chambers V. Florida - Case
... court by Thurgood Marshall, representing four black men convicted for the murder of a white man in Florida ... were four of up to forty transient black men arrested for the murder of Robert Darcy, an elderly local man, in Pompano Beach, Florida ... The murder was greeted with outrage in the community and the Broward County Sheriff's department was apparently under pressure to close the case ...
Murder, Inc. - Known Members
... Charles "Lucky" Luciano – Founder of the National Crime Syndicate, who used Murder, Inc ... right-hand man in the National Crime Syndicate, who helped form Murder, Inc ... mobsters Vincent Mangano – boss of his own family and Murder, Inc ...
Michael Schwerner - Murder
... Schwerner's murder occurred near the town of Philadelphia, Mississippi ... He and fellow workers James Chaney and Andrew Goodman were investigating the burning of Mt ...
Robert Beatty - Partial Filmography
... Black Limelight (1939) Murder in Soho (1939) Dangerous Moonlight (1941) 49th Parallel (1941) Flying Fortress (1942) One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) Suspected Person (1942) The First of the Few (1942) San ... Something of Value (1957) Time Lock (1957) The Shakedown (1959) Invitation to Murder (1962) The Amorous Prawn (1962) Die Todesstrahlen des Dr ...

More definitions of "murder":

  • (verb): Alter so as to make unrecognizable.
    Synonyms: mangle, mutilate

Famous quotes containing the word murder:

    Every murder turns on a bright hot light, and a lot of people ... have to walk out of the shadows.
    Albert Maltz, U.S. screenwriter, Malvin Wald, screenwriter, and Jules Dassin. Narrator, in The Naked City (film)

    It is my hope to be able to prove that television is the greatest step forward we have yet made in the preservation of humanity. It will make of this Earth the paradise we have all envisioned, but have never seen.
    —Joseph O’Donnell. Clifford Sanforth. Professor James Houghland, Murder by Television, just before he demonstrates his new television device (1935)

    “If Steam has done nothing else, it has at least added a whole new Species to English Literature ... the booklets—the little thrilling romances, where the Murder comes at page fifteen, and the Wedding at page forty—surely they are due to Steam?”
    “And when we travel by electricity—if I may venture to develop your theory—we shall have leaflets instead of booklets, and the Murder and the Wedding will come on the same page.”
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832–1898)