patricide

noun pat·ri·cide \ ˈpa-trə-ˌsīd \

Definition of patricide

1
[Latin patricida, from patr- + -cida -cide]
:one who murders his or her own father
2
[Late Latin patricidium, from Latin patr- + -cidium -cide]
:the murder of one's own father

patricidal

play \ˌpa-trə-ˈsī-dᵊl\ adjective

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First Known Use of patricide

1576


PATRICIDE Defined for English Language Learners

patricide

noun

Definition of patricide for English Language Learners

  • : the act of murdering your own father


Medical Dictionary

patricide

noun pat·ri·cide \ ˈpa-trə-ˌsīd \

medical Definition of patricide

:murder of a father by his son or daughter

Law Dictionary

patricide

noun pat·ri·cide \ ˈpa-trə-ˌsīd \

legal Definition of patricide

1 :an individual who murders his or her father
2 :the murder of an individual's own father

Origin and Etymology of patricide

Latin patricida, from patr- pater father + -cida killer


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