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n., v. -dered, -der•ing. n.
1. the unlawful killing of a person, esp. when done with deliberation or premeditation or occurring during the commission of another serious crime (first-degree murder) or with intent but without deliberation or premeditation (second-degree murder).
2. something injurious, immoral, or otherwise censurable: to get away with murder.
3. something extremely difficult or unpleasant: That exam was murder!v.t.
4. to kill by an act constituting murder.
5. to kill or slaughter barbarously.
6. to spoil or mar through incompetence: The singer murdered the aria.
7. Informal. to defeat thoroughly.v.i.
8. to commit murder.
[1300–50; Middle English mo(u)rdre, murder, variant (influenced by Old French murdre < Germanic) of murthre murther]
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