fratricide

noun
frat·ri·cide | \ˈfra-trə-ˌsīd \

Definition of fratricide 

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

2 : the act of a fratricide

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fratricidal \ˌfra-trə-ˈsī-dᵊl \ adjective

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The hour-long score proved rich material for this unusual semistaged performance, lending physical form to this gnarly tale of fratricide and supernatural revenge. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "San Francisco Symphony breathes vivid life into Mahler’s dark fairy tale," 14 Jan. 2017 Bird explained to Vancouver news outlet CTV that a fratricide is possible should the eaglets get hungry. National Geographic, "Hawk Adopted by Bald Eagles Isn’t Out of the Woods Yet," 13 June 2017 Yet Western culture has been haunted for millennia by the wretched House of Atreus – cursed through the generations with fratricide, patricide, filicide, mariticide, and matricide. Steven G. Kellman, The Christian Science Monitor, "'House of Names' is Colm Tóibín's take on the House of Atreus," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of fratricide

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

Middle French, from Latin fratricida, from fratr-, frater brother + -cida killing

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fratricide

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fratricide

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

fratricide

noun
frat·ri·cide | \ˈfra-trə-ˌsīd \

Legal Definition of fratricide 

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 : the act of a fratricide

Other Words from fratricide

fratricidal \ˌfra-trə-ˈsīd-ᵊl \ adjective

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