fratricide

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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

fratricidal

play \ˌfra-trə-ˈsī-dᵊl\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology 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


FRATRICIDE Defined for English Language Learners

fratricide

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noun

Definition of fratricide for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

fratricide

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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

fratricidal

play \ˌfra-trə-ˈsīd-ᵊl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of fratricide

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



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