deicide

noun
de·​i·​cide | \ ˈdē-ə-ˌsīd How to pronounce deicide (audio) , ˈdā-ə- How to pronounce deicide (audio) \

Definition of deicide

1 : the act of killing a divine being or a symbolic substitute of such a being
2 : the killer or destroyer of a god

First Known Use of deicide

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deicide

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

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“Deicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deicide. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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