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One, such as a person or animal, that kills a human.


a person who kills people


(ˈmænˌsleɪ ər)

a person who kills another human.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.manslayer - a criminal who commits homicide (who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being)manslayer - a criminal who commits homicide (who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being)
assassin, assassinator, bravo - a murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed; "his assassins were hunted down like animals"; "assassinators of kings and emperors"
butcher - a brutal indiscriminate murderer
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
cutthroat - someone who murders by cutting the victim's throat
fratricide - a person who murders their brother or sister
gun for hire, gunman, gunslinger, hired gun, hit man, hitman, torpedo, triggerman, gun, shooter - a professional killer who uses a gun
hatchet man, iceman - a professional killer
infanticide - a person who murders an infant
killer, slayer - someone who causes the death of a person or animal
mass murderer - a person who is responsible for the deaths of many victims in a single incident
murderess - a woman murderer
parricide - someone who kills his or her parent
ripper - a murderer who slashes the victims with a knife; "Jack the Ripper was probably a madman"
serial killer, serial murderer - someone who murders more than three victims one at a time in a relatively short interval


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Those who once felt happy because of the terrorist attacks in Turkey should now sit and think why a manslayer hunting down people like birds came into existence," Arinc said.
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Talus offers no escape from history either: Artegall's tin manslayer with the death-dealing flail picks up on "the flail of Connacht," Sir Richard Bingham, a key figure in Spenser's plan to "reform" Ireland by reducing it to "ruefull spectacles of .