From Proto-Indo-European *neḱ- (“perish, disappear”); see also Welsh angeu (“death”), Breton ankou, Old Irish ec, Latin noxius (“harmful”), Latin nocere (“to hurt, harm”), Latin nex (“murder, violent death”) (as opposed to mors), Ancient Greek νέκυς (nékus, “a dead body”) and νεκρός (nekrós, “dead”), Old Persian [script?] (vi-nathayatiy, “he injures”), Avestan [script?] (nasiieiti, “disappears”), [script?] (nasu-, “corpse”), Sanskrit नश्यति (naśyati, “disappear, perish”).
- I kill, murder, especially without physical wounding such as by poison or hunger.
- (figuratively) I thwart, check.