from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of, guilty of, or intending murder: a group of murderous thugs.
  • adj. Characteristic of or giving rise to murder or bloodshed: murderous mistrust.
  • adj. Informal Capable of devastating or overwhelming: a murderous exam.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Intending, or likely to commit murder; bloodthirsty or homicidal.
  • adj. Very difficult.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to murder; characterized by, or causing, murder or bloodshed; having the purpose or quality of murder; bloody; sanguinary

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of murder; pertaining to or involved in murder: as, a murderous act.
  • Guilty of murder; delighting in murder.
  • Characterized by murder or bloody cruelty.
  • Very brutal, cruel, or destructive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characteristic of or capable of or having a tendency toward killing another human being


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  • He pushed away from the curricle, his expression murderous.

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  • In April the BDK's spiritual leader Ne Muanda Nsemi said followers were being hunted down in what he called a murderous crackdown by the authorities.

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  • Readers responding to our Dec. 12 cover story expressed outrage at what they called the murderous acts of female suicide bombers.

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  • And today, the U.S. national security adviser said much of it is due to what he calls murderous death squads and armed gangs.

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  • But what will be an interesting reaction is to see whether people in the Middle East, particularly in the Islamic world, have taken comfort from President Bush's strong appeal to mainstream Muslims, saying that the United States respects the Islamic faith, make a clear distinction between proper religious observation and what he called murderous fanaticism.

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  • He accused the National Party of promoting racial hatred in its campaign to retain power and of using state funds to finance what he called the murderous activities of the Zulu-based Inkatha Freedom Party, which is boycotting the polls.

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  • Any resistance by what he called the "murderous Indian tribes in the West" would not be tolerated.

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  • But let's pause for a moment and consider who else might bring a certain murderous dignity to the part.

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  • I guess selfish rather than murderous is the way to go.

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  • Bauer, incidentally, is married to former White House communications director Anita Dunn, who caused controversy in June 2009 when she called a murderous totalitarian communist, Mao Tse Tung, one of her “favorite political philosophers.”

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