ETYM French, from Latin homicidium, from homicida a man slayer; homo man + caedere to cut, kill. Related to Homage, Concise, Shed.
In law, the killing of a human being. This may be unlawful, lawful, or excusable, depending on the circumstances. Unlawful homicides include murder, manslaughter, infanticide, and causing death by dangerous driving (vehicular homicide). Lawful homicide occurs where, for example, a police officer is justified in killing a criminal in the course of apprehension. Excusable homicide occurs when a person is killed in self-defense or by accident.
1. The killing of one human being by another.
2. One who kills another; a murderer.