matricide

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

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 , ˌmā-​ \ adjective

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The investigation into alleged matricide began Friday, with a straightforward missing persons report. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Man Confesses To Killing Mother, Hamden Police Say," 10 June 2018 There are two murders on camera and innumerable others referred to including a matricide. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Psycho': THR's 1960 Review," 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, "'House of Names' is Colm Tóibín's take on the House of Atreus," 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, "Greeks bearing grudges come to blistering life in ‘House of Names’," 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of matricide

: the act of murdering your own mother

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

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

History and Etymology for matricide

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

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