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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.
About a year later, Jonson quarreled with his fellow actor and inmate, Gabriel Spencer, killed him in a sword fight, and would have been hanged for manslaughter had not the law of the time allowed him to "plead his clergy" and get off with an "M" for manslayer branded on the fleshy part of his thumb.
Of course he does want his young son to grow up to be a formidable manslayer just like his father, but then no warrior in the poem hopes his boy will become an actor or play the flute.