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'''Murder''' is defined as the "illegal" killing of one human being by one or more other human beings. Where the killing is "legal" it is termed [[execution]].
 
'''Murder''' is defined as the "illegal" killing of one human being by one or more other human beings. Where the killing is "legal" it is termed [[execution]].
   
Etymologically the word appears to originate in Old English :: "''morδor''" -- a secret killing. By Chaucer's time (the Nun's Priest's Tale) it is ''mordre''.
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Etymologically the word appears to originate in [[Old English]] ''morδor'' "a secret killing". By [[Chaucer]]'s time (the [[Nun]]'s [[Priest]]'s Tale) it is ''mordre''.

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Murder is defined as the "illegal" killing of one human being by one or more other human beings. Where the killing is "legal" it is termed execution.

Etymologically the word appears to originate in Old English morδor "a secret killing". By Chaucer's time (the Nun's Priest's Tale) it is mordre.