Definition of murderous in English:



  • 1Capable of or intending to murder; dangerously violent.

    ‘a brutal and murderous despot’
    figurative ‘Mark gave him a murderous look’
    • ‘There are despotic and murderous regimes all over the world and cultures whose affinity for evil and hatred defies comprehension.’
    • ‘This man is as smoothly eloquent as he is violent, murderous and sexually rampant.’
    • ‘He didn't seem to be anyone dangerous or murderous, to tell the truth.’
    • ‘Selling guns to murderous dictators holds few real qualms for our 'hero'.’
    • ‘As an advocate for hard times and the impending global apocalypse, I'm disappointed whenever a potential murderous despot loses his insane grip on the world.’
    • ‘He is not some murderous criminal to be brutally dealt with, Uncle Charles.’
    • ‘Still, the doctor is not convinced, but he does offer his story of a murderous ventriloquist whose dummy seemed more alive, and violent, than he was.’
    • ‘A murderous dictator may not be anyone's idea of a great business partner.’
    • ‘Il Tabarro was a subtitled drama about forbidden love and murderous jealousy.’
    • ‘The country's military dictatorship is a repressive, democracy-crushing, bloodthirsty, murderous bunch of thugs.’
    • ‘An ex-con takes a job as a ballast driver and encounters a world of dangerous conditions, murderous rivalry and corruption.’
    • ‘The longer his thoughts dwelt on the matter, the more murderous they grew.’
    • ‘He was capable of murderous cruelty when angered.’
    • ‘I can see why that might work in, say, a song about murderous jealousy, but that doesn't seem to be what this song is about.’
    • ‘As a high-ranking servant of a murderous despot, he lied often.’
    • ‘Set in medieval Japan, Across the Nightingale Floor follows the captivating tale of Takeo, whose village is brutally destroyed by the murderous warlord, Iida Sadamu.’
    • ‘This is a murderous organisation which seeks impossible objectives by the most violent of means.’
    • ‘History is littered with despots and psychopaths, murderous dullards, evil geniuses, deadly incompetents, calamitous brutes of all descriptions.’
    • ‘He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime.’
    • ‘This new book usefully reminds us why that was, and just how vicious, corrupt and murderous the pre-1949 regime was.’
    homicidal, brutal, violent, savage, ferocious, fierce, vicious, bloodthirsty, barbarous, barbaric, cruel, inhuman
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    1. 1.1 (of an action, event, or plan) involving murder or extreme violence.
      ‘murderous acts of terrorism’
      • ‘He was also, of course, heavily implicated in the brutally murderous system of forced labour without which the entire German war economy would have collapsed.’
      • ‘They suffer discrimination, racist abuse, violent assaults and murderous attacks.’
      • ‘Well, we certainly will be mentioning the war - with its deceit, greed and murderous barbarity.’
      • ‘He attributed these tendencies and his cruel, murderous history to his abusive childhood.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, a series of brutal and murderous events left islanders deeply distrustful of outsiders.’
      • ‘Determined to avenge her, Marv pursues a violent, murderous course that takes him to the heart of the city's power structure, and seals his fate.’
      • ‘If I ever snap and go on a murderous killing spree, it'll be because of this guy.’
      • ‘Only Bart knows that he has a far more murderous motive in mind.’
      • ‘In principle one might expect to find that war was a matter of continuous, violent, and mutually murderous activity.’
      • ‘But this bombing felt different: more vicious, hateful, crude, and murderous.’
      • ‘Frank Horrigan pursues every clue, every scrap of evidence as he fights to pin down Leary and foil his murderous plan.’
      • ‘He supports his friend in a tit for tat exchange that turns murderous.’
      • ‘Things actually become worse when Emily befriends an imaginary friend whose erratic behavior eventually turns murderous.’
      • ‘To this day he remains chained, madness close to his mind and murderous intentions deep within the recess of his soul.’
      • ‘Science and technology were applied to the most murderous ends known to humankind.’
      • ‘She's afraid I'm going to crack and go on a murderous rampage.’
      • ‘The boy and his accomplices failed in their murderous conspiracy.’
      • ‘His support for the most murderous policies of the ruling elite is nothing new.’
      • ‘It's only when he's confronted with his past that he emerges from the shell and takes action - murderous bloody action.’
      • ‘In fact, if humanity's past record is a reasonable guide, globalism may represent the single deadliest threat to mankind in our long, murderous history.’
  • 2informal Extremely arduous or unpleasant.

    ‘the team had a murderous schedule of four games in ten days’
    • ‘‘It was a choking, murderous job,’ says one worker.’
    • ‘He had jumped out to a quick lead in the first game against Puertas, who was dealing with a minor leg muscle pull sustained in his murderous semi-final against Walker.’
    • ‘After that the schedule turns murderous starting with back-to-back home games with New England and Philadelphia to complete the first half.’
    • ‘The sun's rays were murderous; of course no one around me noticed, they were all so wrapped up in the game.’
    • ‘Expect the Sonics and Clippers to take a step back amid murderous January schedules.’
    arduous, gruelling, strenuous, punishing, onerous, back-breaking, crushing, exhausting, taxing, difficult, hard, laborious, rigorous, stressful, formidable, intolerable, unbearable, harrowing
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