n.1.A murderer.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"It shall never be said, whilst I am bailiff of Southampton, that any waster, riever, draw-latch or murtherer came scathless away from me and my posse.
murtherer, but Adam, who brought in death; whereof hee beheld the
'I'm a 'red, damp murtherer, ' eh?' 'Trump, madder, a 'Midas' was, I saw.
First let my tongue utter my heart's despite; And thus my tale begins; thou wicked tyrant, Thou murtherer, accursed homicide, For whom hell gapes, and all the ugly fiends Do wait for to receive thee in their jaws; Ah, perjured and inhuman Soliman, ...
But were he here, detested as he is, How easily might some base slaue be subornd, To greete his lordship with a poniard, And none so much as blame the murtherer, But rather praise him for that braue attempt, And in the Chronicle, enrowle his name, For purging of the realme of such a plague.
This is intirely founded on the consideration of the publick good; and tho we may perhaps approve of the sacrificing one person for the safety of a few, yet such a punishment when it is inflicted affects us in a very different manner from that of a cruel murtherer or other atrocious criminall.
They highlight her "ungodly" act of being "Mother and Murtherer ...
Exton cannot be brought to trial because Bolingbroke would no doubt be implicated--"Though I did wish him dead," Henry admits, "I hate the murtherer, love him murthered" (5.6.39-40).
Moreover, just as Macbeth, he Mils his relative; even further, a much closer one: his own brother; while the similarity is even greater in both victims supposedly being under the protection of the murderers: Duncan as a guest under Macbeth's roof (Macbeth being "his host, / Who should against his murtherer shut the door, / Not bear the knife myself," 1.7.14-16) and Fredo as a brother and member of the Family headed by Michael Corleone.
Like Salel, Eugene Lasserre in his modern French prose version also renders it "murderer," supported, perhaps, by a modern usage of this word in the sense of "dangerous." (58) In contrast, Cotgrave gives for meurtrier "a Murtherer, Homicide, cut-throat, blodie fellow," suggesting that in the sixteenth century the word had a stronger pejorative sense, more than might be appropriate to characterize a respected hero and great opposing warrior.
In the subsequent play-within Nunn fashioned dialogue between Lucianus and Baptista before her scripted exchange with Gonzago; Hamlet's lines to Lucianus that climax with "You shall see anon how the murtherer gets the love of Gonzago's wife" (3.2.261-64) were cut, so that the trigger for Claudius's visible reaction was the poison poured in the sleeping king's ear (seen for the first, not the second time).
Whosoeuer killeth anie persone, the iudge shal slay the murtherer, through witnesses: but one witnes shal not testifie against a persone to cause him to die.