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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MURDER

Murder had been done and Joe was the boy I was going to pin it on.

In that case he'd double back and come past Murder Point, trying to get out.

Murder would promptly be done, if he knew anything of the American.

In one thing only were they united—in their desire to see the last of Murder Point.

Murder—at least the type we're concerned with—is a form of release, you know.

It seems they rushed us aft together, gripped as we were, screaming 'Murder!'

Murder forbade me even as much as to look out of the windows.

It seems they rushed us aft together, gripped as we were, screaming “Murder!”

What would not Cromwell have given to suppress 'Killing no Murder'!

The pain was so exquisite that the victim shrieked "Murder!"

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, murdre, from Old English morðor (plural morþras) "secret killing of a person, unlawful killing," also "mortal sin, crime; punishment, torment, misery," from Proto-Germanic *murthra- (cf. Goth maurþr, and, from a variant form of the same root, Old Saxon morth, Old Frisian morth, Old Norse morð, Middle Dutch moort, Dutch moord, German Mord "murder"), from PIE *mrtro-, from root *mer- "to die" (see mortal (adj.)). The spelling with -d- probably reflects influence of Anglo-French murdre, from Old French mordre, from Medieval Latin murdrum, from the Germanic root.

Viking custom, typical of Germanic, distinguished morð (Old Norse) "secret slaughter," from vig (Old Norse) "slaying." The former involved concealment, or slaying a man by night or when asleep, and was a heinous crime. The latter was not a disgrace, if the killer acknowledged his deed, but he was subject to vengeance or demand for compensation.

Weakened sense of "very unpleasant situation" is from 1878.

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