Killing Dream Meaning and Interpretations


Killing Dream Symbol – Dreaming about killing someone or someone being killed is very reminiscent of the kidnapping dream. The only difference is that with killing, it means that the person that is lost becomes indelibly changed and cannot be brought back.

This sort of experience can ruin relationships and destroy families. It is important to view this dream as a very strong warning against losing yourself in an upcoming project. It is always better to fail at work than to fail at your entire life.

Killing is one of man’s most basic instincts.  Killing for food, Killing in self-defense.  When is killing an instinctual and justifiable action? When is killing murder? Is killing in war murder? Is killing animals for food wrong or acceptable? Abortion, is that killing? Euthanasia?

The list and the dilemma goes on an on. These are the quandaries of the human, whom if they themselves would be killed, would have no chance at life. The one thing we must be in order to live is alive.  If that is gone, game over.


Every living being seeks to preserve their own life, yet man with his wars, hunting, and other actions, take the lives of other beings, without so much as a blip on our moral radar. For example, pollution and through other actions we create environments where life cannot thrive. We are in turn killing our oceans and our natural environment. Why is that?  Ask yourself. What does it take to kill? If you consider it within this context, can you really justify say, killing for sport?

In a dream, killing can represent many things depending on the context.  Are you the one killing or the one being killed?  Are you killing an animal or human? Are you killing an idea?

To dream that you are killing another person speaks of heavily repressed anger and dissatisfaction that finds its outlet causing you to lash out and kill another person. The person being killed can represent an aspect of your own life or personality, a situation, or someone you know.

Killing may represent dissatisfaction with a job or lover.  The fact that you are killing this person, speaks to the feeling that you feel overwhelmed or trapped.  Killing is the only way out. You may be killing another, but it in fact you are fighting for your life. If you have suffered some trauma or abuse at some point, the repressed feelings are now surfacing resulting in you killing that individual because you have never been able to confront or have justice for the mistreatment in your waking life.

To dream of being killed, means that you feel that you are currently under attack or are being mistreated in some way.  This may be, a job that is slowly killing you or zapping your will to live. The pressure of the job, relationship or situation can carry with it so much stress that you feel it is killing you on some level.

High stress situations can bring with them life threatening consequences leading to high blood pressure, cancer, depression and any number of diseases. Disease can be broken down to mean dis-ease. You may want to consider what it is that is slowly killing you and change it.

To dream that you are witnessing the killing of another person speaks to that fact that we witness injustice everyday. Is your intention in your dream to step in and try to prevent it? Or, do you feel helpless to do so?  If you try to prevent the killing, it can relate to a situation in your life, that is a wrong that needs to be righted. If you feel helpless to do anything, it relates to knowing of abuses that you feel you are powerless to prevent.

Additional Interpretations of Killing

Dreams of killing represent parts of yourself that are easily manipulated by external factors. Killing can represent a need for power or it can also mean you kill off something you do not know how to deal with in yourself. Killing someone indicates your need to escape from something. Most likely the person in your dream. Someone dying from a beating signifies beating yourself up. This can indicate your rage and frustrations are all of your own doing. You need to learn self-control.

Killing in a dream is also a sign of conflict. Of mental anguish. What is driving you to the brink? Seeing someone killed can mean someone close will die. This can be either physically or the relationship may end. Killing someone who cannot fight back is a sign of failure and that grief is coming your way. Dreaming of killing someone you know is a sign you are your own source of frustrations and worry. The reason you feel the way you do is all your doing. This is why you feel humiliated. You are the only one who can change how you feel about what you do or do not do. If you killed in self-defense, it can bring a higher social standing in your life socially and at work.

Dreaming of killing parents signifies transformation. Your relationship with your parents is evolving and changing as you change. Dreaming of your mother’s death can mean the death of your own maternal instincts or femininity. Your ego may be hurt in some way. This is a message about taking better care of yourself or your children. Being killed in a dream indicates you overcome or dodge dangerous circumstances or dramas others try to involve you in.

Killing an animal represents killing a part of yourself. This can be old habits, old friendships or relationships. You may even need to find a new job or move to a new city. It can also represent repressed feelings that continually come back to harm you. You need to dig deep to face these so they do not keep haunting you.

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Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for Dream Stop and has been working in the field of dreams for the past decade. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.


  1. I dream that my sister in law set up a guy to kill me. There was this event that I attended with families and friends. I’m the miss of everything I saw a missed call from her( we don’t talk) and I call her back wondering why she feel like calling me now. She didn’t answer so when I went around the back and saw her she say somebody tell me say you have lunch with a male the other day at church. I said seriously this is what u call me for? For some strange reasons it didn’t make sense because anyone can have lunch with any male friend so I believe was up her sleeves. After moving from that session I saw a man with weed in his mouth stairing at me them take out his gun and I ran. He shot me in one of my foot but i escape the other shots. I called a cousin to pick me up to take me to the hospital. Up on arriving I saw the same attacker in another vehicle beside me. I yelled at my cousin that he was the one shot me. They both took their gun. The attacker tell my cousin to drop the gun and he lay it to his chest. As the attacker’s ready to fire at me I grab my cousin gun and shot him 3 times killing him. After I jump up out of my sleep

  2. I’m 28 and pregnant and I normally don’t dream. Last night I dreamed I was a young immigrant woman living in The US and I kidnapped my little brother and sister and took them on a long train ride. I’m not sure why but I took them to a hotel and I murdered my sister in the hallway with my hands and stuffed her body in a closet then I took my brother who watched and we spent the night in the hotel room watching tv and waiting on morning. I wasn’t afraid of getting caught at all. The next day we went to the train station and took a bunch of treats from a buffet like whole cakes and everything and we went home. Right after I dropped him home I was a little older and pregnant and I suddenly after years of it caring was worried that I would get found out and I contiplated telling my baby’s father knowing that I might never get to see my child. What does all of this mean?

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    I had a dream where my father killed my brother and mother. This dream has happened before with slightly different events. We are always in a different version of my grandma’s house, but it’s the same in all of my dreams like this. For some reason in this dream, my brother was a turtle. My dad killed him by cracking his shell with a fire axe. My brother is 4. I tried to save him, and I saw my mom running down the stairs telling me to run. That was the last time I saw her. After I saw my brother being killed, I woke up.

  4. I’m 12 and I had a dream where my little 2 year old sister had a knife and was trying to kill me and my sister and she was chasing us and I ran out of the house and my sister was still in there then while I was outside I hear my little 2 year old sister screaming like a scream for help and I was banging on the door to get in and for my older sister to open it then I came running in the house and I saw my lil 2 year old sister crying in a stroller when her had a big wound and it cut open badly and her hand was bleeding and was almost chopped off and I said to my older sister why did you do this she said it was for defense and my little 2 year old sister was crying in the dream . My little 2 year old sister would always say this word in Spanish pico which means sting and she was using it in the dream saying “Mi pico Jessica ” And she kept saying that in the dream while she was crying and I carried her out of the house crying callin for help in my head I couldn’t speak because I was so shocked I was just looking at people staring at me then I bursted out screaming help her help her please call 911 and no one said nothing and I went in front crying crying and sobbing and she died in my arms and there was this girl talking to me right beside me I did not know crying to with me and we’ll when I woke up there was tears all over my eyes and I cried for a little bit because that dream was so messed up

  5. i have a dream that i killed someOne accidentaly in my dreams. There is a old lady shouted on me in washroom then i push her she fall down on the floor then i saw a blood on her body., in my dreams in too much affraid to see the others the dead body so what i did is i cut her body and put on a big plastic bag then i throw in the creek back of our house im too much affraid the someOne knows what i did then the heavy rain come the body of the old lady go with the flood.,

    my dream about the lady i accdentaly kill its continiou only now in my dreams my workmate see the body of the lady i killed they open the plastic then they saw the dead body on a woman i the plastic then this lady i dont know that is mother of my friend.,

    im too much worried about my dream., i dont if this is warming for me..,

    please i hope you can explain my dream

  6. I had a dream last night and it’s a recurring dream, it goes a little like this: in my dream I know immediately that I need to hide because everyone and I mean the general public not anyone that I know particularly, is on a rampage and are killing each other whenever they SEE one another. In this recurring dream there’s always a spot near a train station that I try to hide before I’m discovered and have to go into the city to find shelter away from the crazy people killing each other. In last night’s dream I got stuck in a room and I was trying to barricade that room so that no one would come in so I wouldn’t have to kill anyone, but a lady and a guy got in and I was fighting them off in self defense. I think I killed the lady but I don’t know where the man went. Whenever I tried to barricade the door people were able to walk through the walls and try and kill each other and try and kill me. I watched quite a few people kill each other and all I can remember is this distinct feeling of needing to hide so I wouldn’t do it too. Whats weird about this sream is that the people dont seem to be aggressive until they’re near someone else… so what does this dream mean?

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