matricide

noun ma·tri·cide \ ˈma-trə-ˌsīd , ˈmā- \
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018

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

matricidal

play \ˌma-trə-ˈsī-dᵊl, ˌmā-\ adjective

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First Known Use of matricide

1594

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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MATRICIDE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of matricide for English Language Learners

  • : the act of murdering your own mother


Medical Dictionary

matricide

noun ma·tri·cide \ ˈma-trə-ˌsīd , ˈmā- \

medical Definition of matricide

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

Law Dictionary

matricide

noun mat·ri·cide \ ˈma-trə-ˌsīd \

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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