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To kill a person or animal - thesaurus

Synonyms

kill

verb

to make a person or other living thing die

murder

verb

to commit the crime of killing someone deliberately

strangle

verb

to kill a person or an animal by squeezing their throat so that they cannot breathe

assassinate

verb

to kill a famous or important person, especially for political reasons or for payment

slaughter

verb

to kill a lot of people in a violent way

massacre

verb

to kill a lot of people

exterminate

verb

to kill a person or a group of people

bump off

to murder someone

dispatch

verb

formal to kill a person or animal

take someone’s life

to kill someone

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asphyxiate

verb

to kill someone by preventing them from breathing, or to die when someone prevents you from breathing

beat/bash someone’s brains out

to kill or badly injure someone by hitting their head very hard

blow away

informal to kill someone by shooting them

blow someone’s brains out

to kill someone by shooting them in the head from very close to them

blow someone’s head off

to kill someone by shooting them in the head

burn

verb

to injure or kill someone by setting fire to them

butcher

verb

to kill someone, often a lot of people, in a cruel and violent way

claim

verb

mainly journalism if war, disease, or an accident claims someone’s life, they die as a result of it

crucify

verb

to kill someone by fastening them to a cross with nails or rope

crush

verb

to injure or kill someone by crushing them

cut down

literary if a weapon, bullet, or illness cuts someone down, it kills or injures them

decapitate

verb

formal to cut off someone’s head

despatch

another spelling of dispatch

disembowel

verb

to kill someone by cutting open their stomach and removing their intestines

dismember

verb

to cut or pull someone’s body into pieces

dispose of

to kill someone

do away with

informal to murder someone

do for

Britishinformal to make it impossible for someone to succeed or to continue living

do in

informal to murder someone

drown

verb

to kill someone by pushing them under water

electrocute

verb

to kill or injure someone with electricity

eliminate

verb

to murder someone who is considered to be a problem

execute

verb

to kill someone as a punishment for a crime

finish off

informal to kill someone

garrotte

verb

to kill someone by pulling something very tight round their neck, especially a wire

gas

verb

to attack or kill someone by making them breathe a poisonous gas

get

verb

informal to kill someone

guillotine

verb

to kill someone using a guillotine

gun down

to shoot someone and kill them or injure them badly, especially someone who is not guilty of anything, or who is not carrying a gun

hang

verb

to kill someone by putting a rope around their neck and making them fall

immolate

verb

very formal to kill someone by burning them

kill off

to destroy living things so that most or all of them are dead

knife

verb

to injure or kill someone with a knife

knock off

to murder someone

liquidate

verb

informal to kill someone

lynch

verb

to kill someone by hanging them by the neck, even though they have not been proved guilty of any crime

martyr

verb

to kill someone or make them suffer because of their religious or political beliefs

mow down

to kill a lot of people quickly and violently, especially by shooting them

off

verb

mainly Americanvery informal to kill someone

orphan

verb

to make a child an orphan

poison

verb

to kill someone or make them very ill by giving them poison

polish off

mainly American to defeat or kill someone

put away

Americanvery informal to kill someone

put someone to the sword

to kill someone with a sword

rub out

Americaninformal to kill someone

run down

to hit someone with your car and injure or kill them

sacrifice

verb

to kill a person or animal as part of a ceremony to honour a god or spirit

savage

verb

if an animal savages someone, it attacks them and injures or kills them

shed blood

to cause death or injury

shoot down

to kill someone with a gun

silence

verb

very informal to kill someone so that they cannot give information to an enemy or someone in authority

slay

verb

literary to kill someone in a violent way

smother

verb

to kill someone by covering their face until they stop breathing

spear

verb

to hit or kill a person or animal with a sharp pointed weapon such as a spear

spill blood

to hurt or kill someone in a fight

stab

verb

to kill or hurt someone by pushing a knife or other sharp object into their body

starve

verb

to make someone suffer or die by preventing them from having enough food

strike down

to make someone die or become so ill that they can no longer live a normal life

string up

to kill someone by hanging them

suffocate

verb

to die because you cannot breathe, or to kill someone in this way

take out

informal to kill someone

tear/rip someone limb from limb

to violently attack or kill someone

throttle

verb

to hurt or to kill someone by squeezing their throat so that they cannot breathe

waste

verb

mainly Americanvery informal to kill someone

wipe out

very informal to kill someone

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