Synonyms of killing in English:


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1‘the community was shocked by the brutal killing’

murder, taking of life, assassination, homicide, manslaughter, liquidation, elimination, doing to death, putting to death, execution, dispatch, martyrdom
slaughter, massacre, butchery, carnage, bloodshed, destruction, decimation, extermination, eradication, annihilation, wiping out, extinction
patricide, matricide, parricide, infanticide, filicide
literary slaying


1‘a killing blow’

deadly, lethal, fatal, mortal, death-dealing, causing death, life-threatening, final, destructive, dangerous
murderous, homicidal
literary deathly

2‘the Minister has a killing schedule’

exhausting, gruelling, punishing, taxing, draining, wearing, prostrating, sapping, crushing, tiring, fatiguing, debilitating, enervating, arduous, tough, demanding, onerous, strenuous, rigorous, relentless, unsparing, grinding, formidable
informal murderous, back-breaking
British informal knackering

3‘the suspense will be killing’

unbearable, intolerable, unendurable, not to be borne, more than one can bear, more than flesh and blood can stand, insupportable, impossible
cruel, heartbreaking, painful, excruciating, agonizing, grievous

4‘‘I think he's absolutely killing,’ said Muriel’

hilarious, hysterically funny, outrageously funny, too funny for words, uproarious, riotous, comic, comical, chucklesome, amusing, laughable, absurd, ludicrous, outrageous
informal priceless, side-splitting, a scream, a hoot, rib-tickling, killingly funny, screamingly funny


    make a killing

    ‘investors are set to make a killing in the sell-off’

    make a large profit, make a fortune, make one's fortune, gain, profit, make money, be successful, be lucky
    clean up, strike it rich, rake it in, make a pile, make one's pile, make a packet, make a bundle, make a pretty penny
    British make a bomb
    North American make big bucks