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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

  • Local homicide rate increases cause more elementary students to fail school
    A new study finds that an increase in a municipality’s homicide rate causes more elementary school students in that community to fail a grade than would do so if the rate remained stable. "This finding is a source of concern because exposure to environmental violence is highly prevalent in contemporary societies and is unequally distributed along socioecono Read more on this news related to 'Homicide'
  • New unit to investigate prisoners' claims of innocence
    PHILADELPHIA A veteran Philadelphia homicide prosecutor was named Tuesday to a new post in the District Attorney's Office to investigate claims from convicted people who say they are innocent. Read more on this news related to 'Homicide'
  • Homicide study sheds light on Edmonton murders
    The Edmonton Police Service hopes a new study, which sheds light on homicides in the city, will help prevent future violence. Read more on this news related to 'Homicide'

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