1. To kill with premediated malice; to kill (a human being) willfully, deliberately, and unlawfully. See Murder.
2. To destroy; to put an end to. [Canst thou] murder thy breath in middle of a word? (Shak)
3. To mutilate, spoil, or deform, as if with malice or cruelty; to mangle; as, to murder the king's english.
Synonym: To kill, assassinate, slay. See Kill.
Origin: OE. Mortheren, murtheren, AS. Myrrian; akin to OHG. Murdiren, Goth. Maorrjan. See Murder.