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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

  • Cyanide homicide trial likely battle of experts
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nobody had any reason to question why a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher bought more than a half-pound of cyanide with his school-issued credit card, until his neurologist wife suddenly fell ill and died a few days later. Read more on this news related to 'Homicide'
  • Research May Give Potential Homicide Victims A Heads Up
    New research in Chicago finds that homicide victims are concentrated among a tiny network. Tracing that network might lead to public health measures to protect would-be victims. Read more on this news related to 'Homicide'
  • Lima Homicide Investigation
    Lima Police say one man is dead and another man sustained non-life threatening injuries after a shooting in Lima Wednesday Night. The shooting happened at 11:30 Wednesday Night at 724 West Eureka Street. Read more on this news related to 'Homicide'

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