de·​i·​cide ˈdē-ə-ˌsīd How to pronounce deicide (audio) ˈdā-ə- How to pronounce deicide (audio)
: the act of killing a divine being or a symbolic substitute of such a being
: the killer or destroyer of a god

Examples of deicide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The heroes must battle against Gorr the God Butcher, a warrior on a mission to enact trans-universal deicide, played by Christian Bale. Joe George, Men's Health, 8 July 2022 The church eliminated doctrines of deicide and supersessionism, while issuing formal apologies for Christianity’s role in centuries of persecutions. WSJ, 13 Feb. 2022

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Word History


ultimately from Latin deus god + -cidium, -cida -cide — more at deity

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deicide was in 1577

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“Deicide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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