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
matricidalplay \ˌma-trə-ˈsī-dəl, ˌmā-\ adjective
Recent Examples of matricide from the Web
There are two murders on camera and innumerable others referred to including a matricide.
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.
Their son Orestes, supported by his sister Electra, then commits matricide as payback for his father’s death.
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First Known Use of matricide
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Definition of matricide for English Language Learners
: the act of murdering your own mother
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
Origin and Etymology of matricide
Latin matricidium, from matr- mater mother + -cidium killing
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