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fratricide

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noun frat·ri·cide \ˈfra-trə-ˌsīd\

Simple Definition of fratricide

  • : the crime of murdering your own brother or sister; also : a person who has committed this crime

Full Definition of fratricide

  1. 1 :  one that murders or kills his or her own brother or sister or an individual (as a countryman) having a relationship like that of a brother or sister

  2. 2 :  the act of a fratricide

frat·ri·cid·al play \ˌfra-trə-ˈsī-dəl\ adjective

Origin of fratricide

in sense 1, from Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin fratricida, from fratr-, frater brother + -cida -cide; in sense 2, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin fratricidium, from fratr-, frater + -cidium -cide


First Known Use: 15th century



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