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premeditated murder
  to plan or consider before doing — especially of a crime
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  • premeditated murder
  • a premeditated crime
  • a deliberate and premeditated policy to exclude minorities
  • Murder in the first degree—premeditated homicide—is the most serious charge tried in our criminal courts.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men

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  • Premeditated cheating, Go.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • If Jenks had premeditated these crimes, mapped them out in some early book, it would constitute unimpeachable knowledge.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Almighty God! and this goes on—it is systematic, organized, premeditated!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • What he was aiming at, I gathered, was to show that my crime was premeditated.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • That would be premeditated murder.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • In spite of his premeditated carefulness, the floor would now and then creak; his garments would rustle; the shadow of his presence, in a forbidden proximity, would be thrown across his victim.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter

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  • This was premeditated.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • He was a stript abstract; an unfractioned integral; uncompromised as a new-born babe; living without premeditated reference to this world or the next.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "I think it might be safer if it’s premeditated, rather than if I wait for you to assault me again."
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • You wanted me, I know, to say ’Yes,’ that you might have the pleasure of despising my taste; but I always delight in overthrowing those kind of schemes, and cheating a person of their premeditated contempt.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • As Duncan dared not retort upon his accuser by reminding him of his own premeditated treachery, and disdained to deprecate his resentment by any words of apology, he remained silent.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • I want you to ponder this matter of murder — of first-degree murder, premeditated.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Danglars shuddered at this unexpected attack, and turned to Caderousse, whose countenance he scrutinized, to try and detect whether the blow was premeditated; but he read nothing but envy in a countenance already rendered brutal and stupid by drunkenness.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Perhaps if she changed her tactics— But she felt that if Ashley succumbed to premeditated feminine tricks, she could never respect him as she now did.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Where I have come, great clerks have purposed To greet me with premeditated welcomes; Where I have seen them shiver and look pale, Make periods in the midst of sentences, Throttle their practis’d accent in their fears, And, in conclusion, dumbly have broke off, Not paying me a welcome.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • ’Well, Peter’s capacity for rational, planned, premeditated thought is still in its developmental stages.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • This journey on New Year’s Eve was a premeditated act of vengeance which she had kept in her heart ever since Godfrey, in a fit of passion, had told her he would sooner die than acknowledge her as his wife.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • —how long it may have been premeditated, and how deeply contrived by her!
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • My Suicide Suicide is a form of murder—premeditated murder.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • He had not premeditated this.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • The premeditated human contrivance of the nose-ring was too cunning for impulsive brute force, and the creature flinched.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • But how’re you to teach something that isn’t premeditated?
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • He had never struck anyone like that before, in fury, premeditated, and he’d enjoyed catapulting all his power toward the target, the release of all his frustrations, hitting back at last, lashing out, getting revenge finally, revenge not only against Janza but all that he represented.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • But they were playing for a heavy sentence, and wanted to prove that the assault was premeditated.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The most likely suspect for that was Franz Ascher, but I could not imagine Ascher inventing and carrying out such an elaborate scheme, nor could I see him planning a premeditated murder.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • None of this was premeditated, but sprang spontaneously out of the talk of black boys who met at the crossroads.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Every move was premeditated in three or four dimensions.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Franz said, Beauty in the European sense has always had a premeditated quality to it.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • A majority of the premeditated ones are usually carried out by someone close to the victim.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • It had lasted, so far, but three days, a much shorter time than he had often, before, passed without seeing Odette, and without having, as on this occasion he had, premeditated a separation.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Brujon, of whom it is high time that the reader should have a complete idea, was, with an appearance of delicate health and a profoundly premeditated languor, a polished, intelligent sprig, and a thief, who had a caressing glance, and an atrocious smile.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was a premeditated gesture, calculated to humiliate and terrorize her.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Now I was going to lie and I had premeditated that lie for several hours.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • A man who premeditates such a crime is silent and keeps it to himself.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • In the truest hands it was seldom that the captive escaped injury in these trials, and it often happened that death followed, even when the blow was not premeditated.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • The trickles of money he sent back were not premeditated like those sent by his other friends, calculated from what he needed to survive; these were arbitrary sums that often left him broke and borrowing until the next payday.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • Her premeditated explanation was that recently she had been thinking of having her younger brother and sister come and live with her and since one or both were likely to come soon, she thought it best to prepare for them.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • And turning left by bolting in front of the police car would result in several violations: the absence of headlights, perhaps even a premeditated collision; they would be stopped, the woman free to scream.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • But Honour Them As They Honour Men Thirdly, for the worship which naturally men exhibite to Powers invisible, it can be no other, but such expressions of their reverence, as they would use towards men; Gifts, Petitions, Thanks, Submission of Body, Considerate Addresses, sober Behaviour, premeditated Words, Swearing (that is, assuring one another of their promises,) by invoking them.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The preparation of breakfast (burnt offering): intestinal congestion and premeditative defecation (holy of holies): the bath (rite of John): the funeral (rite of Samuel): the advertisement of Alexander Keyes (Urim and Thummim): the unsubstantial lunch (rite of Melchisedek): the visit to museum and national library (holy place): the bookhunt along Bedford row, Merchants’ Arch, Wellington Quay (Simchath Torah): the music in the Ormond Hotel (Shira Shirim): the altercation with a
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It was obviously premeditated—the attacker had brought his can of spray paint.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • However, it seemed unlikely that these excesses were premeditated.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • It sounds like a particularly cruel, premeditated crime.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • As with so many of his misdeeds, this one was not malicious or premeditated.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • We’re almost positive it was premeditated murder.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • It’s not a matter of premeditated deception.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
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