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tyrannicide

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noun ty·ran·ni·cide \tə-ˈra-nə-ˌsīd, tī-\

Definition of tyrannicide

  1. 1 :  the act of killing a tyrant

  2. 2 :  the killer of a tyrant



Origin of tyrannicide

in sense 1, from French, from Latin tyrannicidium, from tyrannus + -i- + -cidium -cide (killing); in sense 2, from French, from Latin tyrannicida, from tyrannus + -i- + -cida -cide (killer)


First Known Use: 1650


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