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S: ICRC – http://www.uab.edu/icrc/preventingViolenceInjuries.html (last access: 19 November 2014); WHO – http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/surveillance/databases/mortality/en/ (last access: 19 November 2014).

N: 1. From early 13 century, from Old French homicide, from Latin homicidium “manslaughter,” from homo “man” (see homunculus) + -cidium “act of killing” (see –cide). But (late 14c.) also is from French, from Latin homicida “a murderer,” from -cida “killer.”
2. Homicide, the killing of one human being by another.
3. The definition of crimes against humanity given by the Cour de Cassation includes all types of crimes against humanity both homicide crimes and crimes of persecution.
4. The main categories of homicide are:

  • murder, which denotes a crime committed with malicious or clear intent
  • manslaughter, which includes acts committed in a moment of passion or recklessness without malice aforethought
  • non-criminal homicide or justificable, such as the killing of a person to prevent the commission of a serious felony or to aid a representative of the law
  • and excusable, negligent, or accidental homicide, such as when someone dies during surgery due to unforeseen complications or as when a person kills in self-defense.

5. A criminal homicide is one that is not regarded by the applicable criminal code as justifiable or excusable.
6. Collocations: criminal, culpable, unlawful | justifiable.
7. Cultural Interrelation: The Extremes of Conflict in Literature: Violence, Homicide and War (2012) by Joseph Carroll.

S: 1. OED – http://www.etymonline.com/ (last access: 19 November 2014). 2. GCAH – http://goo.gl/6VXSU1 (last access: 19 November 2014). 3. TERMIUM PLUS (last access: 27 May 2015). 4. EncBrit – http://global.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/270296/homicide (last access: 19 November 2014). 5. CULS – http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/homicide (last access: 19 November 2014). 6. OZDIC – http://www.ozdic.com/collocation-dictionary/homicide (last access: 27 May 2015). 7. http://www.academia.edu/2702661/The_Extremes_of_Conflict_in_Literature_Violence_Homicide_and_War (last access: 21 November 2014).


CR: crime, crime against humanity, enforced disappearance, genocide, murder.