matricide

noun
ma·​tri·​cide | \ ˈma-trə-ˌsīd How to pronounce matricide (audio) , ˈmā- How to pronounce matricide (audio) \

Definition of matricide

1 [Latin matricidium, from matr- + -cidium -cide] : murder of a mother by her son or daughter
2 [Latin matricida, from matr- + -cida -cide] : one that murders his or her mother

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Other Words from matricide

matricidal \ ˌma-​trə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl How to pronounce matricide (audio) , ˌmā-​ \ adjective

Examples of matricide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The reasons were vague, the usual grab bag of crimes—matricide, acting, that sort of thing. Gaia Squarci, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Sep. 2020 And on down through matricide, wife-killing and a string of other high crimes and misdemeanors. Gaia Squarci, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Sep. 2020 Even the episode involving matricide – at the extremity of possible wrongdoing – was not clear-cut. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, 18 June 2019 Even the episode involving matricide — at the extremity of possible wrongdoing — was not clear-cut. BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2019 The investigation into alleged matricide began Friday, with a straightforward missing persons report. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, 10 June 2018 There are two murders on camera and innumerable others referred to including a matricide. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 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, 9 June 2017 Their son Orestes, supported by his sister Electra, then commits matricide as payback for his father’s death. Erin Saxon, kansascity.com, 27 May 2017

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First Known Use of matricide

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Matricide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/matricide. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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matricide

noun

English Language Learners Definition of matricide

: the act of murdering your own mother

matricide

noun
ma·​tri·​cide | \ ˈma-trə-ˌsīd How to pronounce matricide (audio) , ˈmā- How to pronounce matricide (audio) \

Medical Definition of matricide

1 : murder of a mother by her son or daughter
2 : one that murders his or her mother

matricide

noun
mat·​ri·​cide | \ ˈma-trə-ˌsīd How to pronounce matricide (audio) \

Legal Definition of matricide

1 : the murder of a mother by her son or daughter
2 [Latin matricida, from matr- + -cida killer] : a person who murders his or her mother

History and Etymology for matricide

Latin matricidium, from matr- mater mother + -cidium killing

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