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killing (adj.)

mid-15c., "deadly, depriving of life," present-participle adjective from kill (v.). Meaning "overpowering, fascinating, attractive" is 1630s, from the verb in a figurative sense "overwhelm (someone) by strong effect on the mind or senses." Meaning "very powerful in effect, exceedingly severe, so as to (almost) kill one" is from 1844. Related: Killingly.

killing (n.)

"act of slaying, "mid-15c., verbal noun from kill (v.). Meaning "large profit" is from 1886, American English slang.

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Definitions of killing
1
killing (n.)
an event that causes someone to die;
Synonyms: violent death
killing (n.)
a very large profit;
Synonyms: cleanup
killing (n.)
the act of terminating a life;
Synonyms: kill / putting to death
2
killing (adj.)
very funny;
a killing joke
Synonyms: sidesplitting
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