Definition of parricide
1 [Latin parricida killer of a close relative, from parri- (perhaps akin to Greek pēos kinsman by marriage) + -cida -cide] : one that murders his or her father, mother, or a close relative
2 [Latin parricidium murder of a close relative, from parri- + -cidium -cide] : the act of a parricide
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But University of Florida criminologist Kathleen Heide, who specializes in parricide or children who kill their parents, has said that the majority of kids are driven to kill a parent by severe trauma at the hands of that parent.
Though parricide is a rare phenomenon, experts say abuse and neglect play a pivotal role in many cases of children who kill their parents.
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First Known Use of parricide
Legal Definition of parricide
1 : a person who murders his or her mother or father or sometimes a close relative
2 : the act of a parricide
Origin and Etymology of parricide
Latin parricida killer of a close relative
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