meurtrir

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French meurtrir (to bruise, leave a mark on the skin, tear, hurt, to murder) from Old French meurtrir, murtrir (to kill, slaughter, murder), from Frankish *murþrijan (to murder) from Proto-Germanic *murþrijaną (to kill, murder), from Proto-Indo-European *mrtro- (murder, death), from Proto-Indo-European *mer-, *mor-, *mr- (to die). Akin to Old High German murd(r)jan (to kill, murder) (German mördern (to murder)), Old English myrþrian (to murder), Old English morþor (death, murder). More at murder.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

meurtrir

  1. (transitive, obsolete) to murder
  2. (transitive) to injure, hurt; to bruise, especially in reference to fruit; to leave a contusion
  3. (transitive) to hurt or injure someone's feelings

Usage notes[edit]

  • The verb tuer is more commonly used for "to murder" but may be ambiguous as it also refers to non-deliberate killing

Conjugation[edit]

  • This is a regular verb of the second conjugation, like finir, choisir, and most other verbs with infinitives ending in -ir. One salient feature of this conjugation is the repeated appearance of the infix -iss-.

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