matricide

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noun ma·tri·cide \ˈma-trə-ˌsīd, ˈmā-\

Definition of matricide

  1. 1 [Latin matricidium, from matr- + -cidium -cide] :  murder of a mother by her son or daughter

  2. 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


MATRICIDE Defined for English Language Learners

matricide

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Definition of matricide for English Language Learners

  • : the act of murdering your own mother


Medical Dictionary

matricide

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noun ma·tri·cide \ˈma-trə-ˌsīd, ˈmā-\

Medical Definition of matricide

  1. 1:  murder of a mother by her son or daughter

  2. 2:  one that murders his or her mother


Law Dictionary

matricide

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noun mat·ri·cide \ˈma-trə-ˌsīd\

Legal Definition of matricide

  1. 1 :  the murder of a mother by her son or daughter

  2. 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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