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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''.
 
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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Latest revision as of 05:42, 12 July 2007

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.