Middle English Dictionary Entry

mō̆rtheren v.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) To kill (sb.) deliberately; murder (sb.), assassinate; put (sb.) to death unjustly; ~ for ever, ~ to deth, kill (sb.) utterly; (b) refl. to commit suicide; torment oneself to death [quot.: (?c1421)]; (c) to slaughter (people), massacre, kill wantonly or cruelly; (d) fig. to destroy (the soul); squander (one's possessions); torment (sb.) by love or grief to the point of death.
(a) To kill (sb.); (b) to slaughter (men) in battle; ~ to deth, kill (sb.) completely or decisively; (c) to starve (sb.) to death.