Synonyms of murder in English:

murder


See US English definition of murder

See UK English definition of murder

See Spanish definition of asesinato

noun

1‘the brutal murder of a German holidaymaker’

SYNONYMS
killing, homicide, assassination, liquidation, extermination, execution, slaughter, butchery, massacre
manslaughter
patricide, matricide, parricide, fratricide, sororicide, filicide, infanticide, uxoricide, regicide
literary slaying

2‘driving there was murder’

SYNONYMS
hell, hell on earth, a nightmare, an ordeal, a trial, a difficult experience, a frustrating experience, a unpleasant experience, misery, torture, agony

verb

1‘someone tried to murder him’

SYNONYMS
kill, do to death, put to death, assassinate, execute, liquidate, eliminate, neutralize, dispatch, butcher, cut to pieces, slaughter, massacre, wipe out, mow down
informal bump off, do in, do away with, do for, knock off, blow away, blow someone's brains out, stiff, take out, top, croak, give someone the works, dispose of, hit, zap
North American informal ice, rub out, smoke, waste, off, whack, scrag
North American euphemistic terminate, terminate with extreme prejudice
literary slay

2‘Anna was murdering a Mozart sonata’

SYNONYMS
bungle, mishandle, mismanage, mess up, make a mess of, botch, spoil, mar, ruin
informal make a hash of, muff, fluff, foul up, screw up, louse up, bitch up, blow, foozle
British informal make a muck of, make a pig's ear of, cock up, make a Horlicks of
North American informal flub, goof up, bobble
vulgar slang fuck up, bollix up
British vulgar slang balls up, bugger up
ANTONYMS

succeed in, manage successfully

3‘he murdered his lacklustre opponent’

SYNONYMS
trounce, defeat utterly, beat hollow, win a resounding victory over, annihilate, drub, rout, give someone a drubbing, crush, overwhelm, bring someone to their knees
informal hammer, clobber, thrash, paste, give someone a pasting, whip, pound, pulverize, crucify, demolish, destroy, wipe the floor with, take to the cleaners, make mincemeat of, murder, flatten, turn inside out, run rings around
British informal stuff, marmalize
North American informal shellac, blow out, cream, skunk
US informal own