fratricide

noun
frat·​ri·​cide | \ ˈfra-trə-ˌsīd How to pronounce fratricide (audio) \

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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Other Words from fratricide

fratricidal \ ˌfra-​trə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl How to pronounce fratricide (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fratricide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Republican insiders acknowledge the trend is ominous and worry GOP fratricide could exacerbate it. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Republican food fight over Trump in Arizona jeopardizes party's 2022 prospects," 22 Jan. 2021 Or, for that matter, stories of mass Jewish fratricide. David Harsanyi, National Review, "The True Meaning of Hanukkah," 9 Dec. 2020 The horror of fratricide is merely the price of admission to the family drama Penn here relates. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "Richard III struggled against his two brothers for the crown," 1 Dec. 2020 The starfighters use their maneuverability to fly between the capital ships of the Final Order and keep their guns silent for fear of committing fratricide. Angry Staff Officer, Wired, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Is a Lesson in Military Opposites," 24 Dec. 2019 Be Prepared,’’ steeped in shadows and complete with goose-stepping hyenas pledging their fealty to the dastardly Scar, intent on both regicide and fratricide. BostonGlobe.com, "‘The Lion King’ is still a feast for the eyes — and the heart, too - The Boston Globe," 10 Oct. 2019 The wolf symbolized the republic’s propensity for fratricide: our own Romulus and Remus saga, the high point of which culminated in the Civil War and its aftermath. Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey, Twin Cities, "Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey: Why now is the moment to atone for 400 years of racism," 28 July 2019 Noel’s departure from the band seemed to be musical fratricide. D.i., The Economist, "The life and times of Liam Gallagher," 26 June 2019 Orlando likewise finds his way there, in flight from his own fratricide-minded brother, Oliver (Aubrey Deeker Hernandez). James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘As You Like It’ zips along with elegance and wit in Old Globe’s Shakespeare Festival opener," 23 June 2019

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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

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“Fratricide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fratricide. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce fratricide (audio) \

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 How to pronounce fratricide (audio) \ adjective

History and Etymology for fratricide

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

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