Legal Definition and Related Resources of Homicide

Meaning of Homicide

The intentional killing of a human being. See commonwealth v Biron, 4 U.S. 125, I L.Ed. 769. See murder , manslaughter .

Homicide Alternative Definition

Homicide is any killing of a human being. To constitute homicide, (1) the killing must be of a living human being; (2) the death must have been caused by the act or omission of the accused; (3) death must happen within a year and a day after the injury. Homicide is either (1) justifiable; (2) excusable; or (3) felonious. Felonious homicide is either murder or manslaughter. 1 Clark & Marshall, Crimes, 466. See “Murder”; “Manslaughter.”

Synonyms of Homicide


  • annihilation
  • assassination
  • butchery
  • caedes
  • capital crime
  • capital murder
  • carnage
  • crime
  • destruction of life
  • elimination
  • extermination
  • felony
  • felony murder
  • killing
  • liquidation
  • manslaughter
  • massacre
  • murder
  • removal
  • slaughter
  • slaying
  • termination of life
  • violent death
  • Associated Concepts: assault with intent to murder
  • corpus delicti
  • criminally negligent homicide
  • culpable homicide
  • excusable homicide
  • felonious homicide
  • felony murder
  • infanticide
  • involuntary manslaughter
  • justifiable homicide
  • manslaughter
  • premeditated homicide
  • voluntary homicideforeign phrases: Maihemium est homicidium inchoatum
  • Mayhem is unfinished homicide

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Homicide in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Dying Declaration, Homicidal, Implied Malice, Mag-bot, Malice, Malice Aforethought, Manslaughter, Mutual Combat, True Man Doctrine.

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Homicide in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of homicide.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Work
  • Law Enforcement Agency

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