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Homicide Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • the killing of a human being by another human being

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  • the killing of a human being by another human being

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Homicide Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Murder is when one person kills another person on purpose. It is only called "murder" when it is against the law. If a person does something that makes someone else die, it is often known as manslaughter or homicide. This is true if it was an accident. Sometimes, a death caused by someone else may not be a crime. For example, in some situations, killing may be self-defense. A person who commits murder is called a murderer.

The legal definition of "murder" and "manslaughter" may be different in different countries, and is very much argued on: for example, killing in war is not usually called "murder" by those who take place in the war. Killing in self defense (if people being attacked kill someone who is attacking them) is usually not "murder".

"Assassination" is a word which means murdering someone for a reason. The word is most used when the person who was killed was a famous celebrity or was a person involved in politics. The people who carry out assassinations are called "assassins" or "Hit-men". An assassin may murder someone for political reasons, for money, or for other reasons, such as favors owed and revenge.

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'Homicide' example sentence in quotations

* There are four kinds of Homicide felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy. - Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

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Homicide Sample Sentences in News

  • Why South Africa prosecutors want to appeal Oscar Pistorius conviction
    South African prosecutors disagree with the culpable homicide conviction and the five-year sentence for Oscar Pistorius. They believe the judge misinterpreted the law, and Pistorius should be convicted of murder. Read more on this news related to 'Homicide'
  • Homicide detectives take over investigation for missing Edmonton man
    Homicide detectives have taken over a missing person investigation and are asking for the public's help. Read more on this news related to 'Homicide'
  • Death of child left in refrigerator officially ruled a homicide; charges expected
    Ayahna's body weighed just 14 pounds when discovered in the southwest Houston apartment of her mother, 35-year-old Amber Keyes. The medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide because of the evidence of neglect the girl had suffered, Bentley said. After the discovery of Ayahna's body, CPS workers took custody of her younger sister and placed h Read more on this news related to 'Homicide'

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