Synonyms of murder in English:


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1‘the brutal murder of a German holidaymaker’


killing, homicide, assassination, liquidation, extermination, execution, slaughter, butchery, massacre


patricide, matricide, parricide, fratricide, sororicide, filicide, infanticide, uxoricide, regicide

literary slaying

2‘driving there was murder’


hell, hell on earth, a nightmare, an ordeal, a trial, a difficult experience, a frustrating experience, a unpleasant experience, misery, torture, agony


1‘someone tried to murder him’


kill, do to death, put to death, assassinate, execute, liquidate, eliminate, neutralize, dispatch, butcher, cut to pieces, slaughter, massacre, wipe out, mow down

informal bump off, do in, do away with, do for, knock off, blow away, blow someone's brains out, stiff, take out, top, croak, give someone the works, dispose of, hit, zap

North American informal ice, rub out, smoke, waste, off, whack, scrag

North American euphemistic terminate, terminate with extreme prejudice

literary slay

2‘Anna was murdering a Mozart sonata’


bungle, mishandle, mismanage, mess up, make a mess of, botch, spoil, mar, ruin

make a hash of, muff, fluff, foul up, screw up, louse up, bitch up, blow, foozle

British make a muck of, make a pig's ear of, cock up, make a Horlicks of

North American flub, goof up, bobble

vulgar slang fuck up, bugger up, balls up, bollix up


succeed in, manage successfully

3‘he murdered his lacklustre opponent’


trounce, defeat utterly, beat hollow, win a resounding victory over, annihilate, drub, rout, give someone a drubbing, crush, overwhelm, bring someone to their knees

hammer, clobber, thrash, paste, give someone a pasting, whip, pound, pulverize, crucify, demolish, destroy, wipe the floor with, take to the cleaners, make mincemeat of, flatten, turn inside out, run rings around

British stuff, marmalize

North American shellac, blow out, cream, skunk

US own