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See also: mord and morð



From Middle High German mort, from Old High German mord, from Proto-West Germanic *morþ, from Proto-Germanic *murþą. Cognate with Dutch moord, English murth, Swedish mord, Finnish murha. Also related with English murder, French meurtre.


  • IPA(key): /mɔrt/, [mɔʁt], [mɔɐ̯t], [mɔːt]
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  • Hyphenation: Mord


Mord m (strong, genitive Mordes or Mords, plural Morde)

  1. murder

Usage notes[edit]

  • Certain milder cases of murder, such as the American second-degree murder, are often covered by Totschlag in German legal terminology and do not then qualify as Mord.
  • An English phrase like “Peter's murder” is ambiguous as it can mean either “the murder that Peter committed” or “the murder by which Peter was killed”. In German, „Peters Mord” can only mean the former. The latter is expressed as „der Mord an Peter“ or by using the word Ermordung („Peters Ermordung”).


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Further reading[edit]

  • Mord” in Duden online
  • Mord” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache