reg·​i·​cide | \ ˈre-jə-ˌsīd How to pronounce regicide (audio) \

Definition of regicide

1 : a person who kills a king
2 : the killing of a king

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regicidal \ ˌre-​jə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl How to pronounce regicide (audio) \ adjective

Examples of regicide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Be Prepared,’’ steeped in shadows and complete with goose-stepping hyenas pledging their fealty to the dastardly Scar, intent on both regicide and fratricide., "‘The Lion King’ is still a feast for the eyes — and the heart, too - The Boston Globe," 10 Oct. 2019 Sure, there was a Hamlet-esque regicide plotline among some lions. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Uncanny Fun of the Live-Action Lion King," 11 July 2019 But regulatory moves can often take months or years to come into full effect, so a short-term prediction need not account for every possibility. King Coal’s regicide? Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "US energy agency: Sorry coal, natural gas is having another record summer," 11 July 2018 After Cromwell’s act of regicide, his agents put Charles’s collection up for sale, the price scale providing a fascinating indicator of contemporary taste. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "In London, Investigating the Personal Collection of an Art-Obsessed Royal," 17 Feb. 2018 So many times during the character's history, the Panther has been called to disasters around the globe, but now the issue is at home in a kingdom where the people are angry, stirred by a malevolent presence, and threatening regicide. Will Nevin,, "The complete, comprehensive, exhaustive history of Black Panther -- in seven issues," 16 Feb. 2018 Both were marked by civil war, regicide, the advent of a republic and the restoration of monarchy. The Economist, "Pepys and Evelyn, chroniclers of the English Renaissance," 31 Aug. 2017 So if Cersei expects Tyrion to kill her, Jaime becomes the more likely candidate to commit regicide. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Is Cersei Lannister Really Pregnant on Game of Thrones? How Her News Might Fulfill a Fan Theory," 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of regicide

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for regicide

Latin reg-, rex king + English -cide — more at royal

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The first known use of regicide was in 1548

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“Regicide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of regicide

: the crime of killing a king or queen
: someone who kills a king or queen

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