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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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The third son, Raja Laut, was another individual of considerable notoriety who is described as a drunkard, womaniser, and a manslayer. The documents included in this collection have in fact very little to say about this individual, and there is no mention of him by this (or any similar title) in the Sejarah Melayu.
(63) This reputation for physical violence was also carried by the lethal wounds Jonson inflicted upon Admiral's actor Gabriel Spencer in their duel in September 1598, and was reflected upon later by Chapman: "didst thou not put out / A boies Right eye that Croste thy mankind poute?" (64) Among Firk's "tools" required for shoemaking'(spoken to Hans), he lists "your paring knife, your hand- and thumb-leathers" (4.74-75), which might well allude to Jonson's subsequent branding (on his right thumb, the letter "M" for "manslayer").
In line with Luther, Teilhard de Chardin also declares Christ to be a "manslayer or homicide" who not only posits the partial moments of his world-linked self-unfolding, but necessarily also consumes them as a means of self-identification.