Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Passion or anger suddenly aroused at the time by some immediate reasonable provocation by words or acts of the person killed at the time. See 134 Am. St. Rep. 730.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In criminal law. A state of violent and uncontrollable rage engendered by a blow or certain other provocation given, which will reduce a homicide from the grade of murder to that of manslaughter. A state of mind contradistinguished from a cool sinte of the blood. State v. Wieners, 66 Mo. 25; State v. Andrew, 76 Mo. 101; State v. Seaton, 106 Mo. 198, 17 S. W. 171; State v. Bulling, 105 Mo. 204, 15 S. W. 367.