Definition of homicide in English:

homicide

noun

mass nounNorth American
  • 1The killing of one person by another.

    ‘he was charged with homicide’
    count noun ‘knives account for a third of all homicides’
    • ‘The offence of manslaughter generally covers all unlawful homicides which are not murder.’
    • ‘She lodged a criminal complaint and the doctor was eventually charged with unintentional homicide.’
    • ‘The distinction between justifiable and unjustifiable homicide was not identical to our own.’
    • ‘The judges agreed that failing to keep patients alive would be criminal homicide if it were in breach of a legal duty to act so as to sustain their life.’
    • ‘Is this death a natural death, or an accidental death, or a death due to homicide or suicide?’
    • ‘He has only been charged with one homicide because that is all that North Carolina will allow.’
    • ‘A person is nearly twice as likely to die by suicide than by homicide in the United States.’
    • ‘The availability of guns has played a critical role in the increase in juvenile suicide and homicide.’
    • ‘It didn't take long for the police to arrest her on the charges of double homicide.’
    • ‘Men, on the other hand, had been sentenced to prison primarily for serious assault, drugs, homicide, and robbery.’
    • ‘He was charged with criminal homicide and is lodged in the county prison.’
    • ‘The force deals with all crimes from homicide, violence and sexual offences to theft, fraud and drunk and disorderly behaviour.’
    • ‘Road accidents claim more lives in Punjab each year than all murders, homicides and fatal diseases put together.’
    • ‘Crimes such as assault, robbery, and homicide are dealt with routinely.’
    • ‘He said gang-related homicides and kidnappings continued to provide a serious challenge.’
    • ‘Two other murders were recorded last weekend bringing the total homicides for 2004 to nine compared to three last year during the same period.’
    • ‘That is, those disposed to homicide may also be more disposed to suicide than the rest of the population.’
    • ‘The pathological findings were equally consistent with homicide and suicide.’
    • ‘The principal felonies were homicide, rape, theft, burglary, robbery and arson.’
    • ‘The police still do not have any leads on the motive or the perpetrators of that homicide.’
    murder, killing, assassination, liquidation, extermination, execution, slaughter, butchery, massacre
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    1. 1.1 The police department that deals with the crime of murder.
      ‘a man from Homicide’
      • ‘Operation Recall, led by West Yorkshire Police's newly formed Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, has already resulted in two men being charged.’
      • ‘One of the five detained during the weekend was held in St Vincent on Friday by two local policemen, one from Homicide, the other a detective.’
      • ‘It was 10:45 that morning when the only two cops with Homicide arrived at the scene of the crime.’
      • ‘Det Supt Andy Brennan, of West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said the woman's injuries included a number of bruises to her body, and marks around her neck.’
      • ‘Officers from West Yorkshire's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team released the details after a massive breakthrough in the investigation.’
    2. 1.2dated count noun A murderer.
      • ‘An extraordinary 40 per cent of homicides cannot remember the moment of murder.’
      murderer, killer, liquidator, terminator, slaughterer
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from Latin homicidium, from homo, homin- ‘man’.

Pronunciation

homicide

/ˈhɒmɪsʌɪd/