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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Homicide'

Homicide Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    homicide n : the killing of a human being by another human being
Homicide Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Homicide \Hom"i*cide\, n. [F., fr. L. homicidium, fr. homicida a man slayer; homo man + caedere to cut, kill. See Homage, and cf. Concise, Shed, v. t.]
  1. The killing of one human being by another. Note: Homicide is of three kinds: justifiable, as when the killing is performed in the exercise of a right or performance of a duty; excusable, as when done, although not as duty or right, yet without culpable or criminal intent; and felonious, or involving what the law terms malice; the latter may be either manslaughter or murder. --Bouvier.
  2. One who kills another; a manslayer. --Chaucer. Shak.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Homicide'

Homicide (Latin: homicidium, Latin: homo human being + Latin: caedere to cut, kill) refers to the act of a human killing another human. A common form of homicide, for example, would be murder. It can also describe a person who has committed such an act, though this use is rare in modern English. Homicide is not always a punishable act under the criminal law, and is different than a murder from such formal legal point of view.

Homicide is the killing of one human by another. The killing of another, homicide, is not a crime unless the circumstances of a particular homicide fall within outlawed behavior. If a homicide is justified or excused, it is not a crime. One of the most recognized justifications is self defense, which provides, in part, that in certain circumstances a person is justified in killing another to protect his own life from a deadly attack.

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

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Homicide Sample Sentences in News

  • BPD’s homicide unit driven to nab killers
    More often than not, when there is a blank space beneath “suspect” in the homicide ledger, the investigators working the case know who did it, or at least what group is responsible, a former Boston homicide detective said. Read more on this news related to 'Homicide'
  • Homicide suspect identified after leading police on chase
    A homicide victim has been identified after leading a police on a low-speed chase Saturday. Read more on this news related to 'Homicide'
  • 3 previous girlfriends of slain homicide suspect met untimely deaths
    A homicide suspect shot and killed by Sunnyvale police last month had previously been in relationships with three other women who died under suspicious circumstances, officials said. Officers went to the home of Glen Griggs, 53, on the morning of June 5 to serve an arrest warrant related to the disappearance of Molly Franquemont, Griggs' live-in girlfriend who Read more on this news related to 'Homicide'

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