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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

  • No Homicide Charge Against NY Mom in Girl's Death
    New indictment drops homicide charge against NY mom accused of neglecting 8-year-old daughter Read more on this news related to 'Homicide'
  • Police shooting in housing project ruled homicide
    NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors should charge a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man in a dark public housing stairwell, elected officials said Monday after the medical examiner announced that the death was ruled a homicide. Read more on this news related to 'Homicide'
  • Homicide Support Group Has Pastor Bless Teddy Bears
    The Homicide Survivors Support group have been collecting stuffed animals and teddy bears out in front of the Flour Bluff Walmart. The stuffed animals collected were blessed by the pastor of South Shores Christian Church Sunday November 23rd, and then given to children impacted by homicide. Read more on this news related to 'Homicide'

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