pat·​ri·​cide | \ ˈpa-trə-ˌsīd How to pronounce patricide (audio) \

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

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Other Words from patricide

patricidal \ ˌpa-​trə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl How to pronounce patricide (audio) \ adjective

Examples of patricide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As recently as the early 20th century, Chinese fathers could murder sons and get off with a warning; punishments for patricide, by contrast, were strict. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, "Why Is the West So Powerful—And So Peculiar?," 6 Sep. 2020 The final bill preserves the tax, but temporarily doubles those thresholds — in 2026, the status quo estate tax go back into effect (watch out for an uptick in patricides among the one percent in 2025). Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Here’s What’s In the Final Draft of the GOP Tax Bill," 15 Dec. 2017 And so a new narrative emerged, one of patricide -- the killing of one's father. Ken Daley,, "Scene of alleged Gentilly patricide 'looked staged,' NOPD detective says," 18 July 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

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First Known Use of patricide

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of patricide was in 1576

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“Patricide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of patricide

: the act of murdering your own father


pat·​ri·​cide | \ ˈpa-trə-ˌsīd How to pronounce patricide (audio) \

Medical Definition of patricide

: murder of a father by his son or daughter


pat·​ri·​cide | \ ˈpa-trə-ˌsīd How to pronounce patricide (audio) \

Legal Definition of patricide

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

History and Etymology for patricide

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

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