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

Other Words from regicide

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

Examples of regicide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stephen Root, in a single scene as Porter, lifts the grim, forensic business of regicide and its aftermath into the realm of knockabout farce. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 Be Prepared,’’ steeped in shadows and complete with goose-stepping hyenas pledging their fealty to the dastardly Scar, intent on both regicide and fratricide., 10 Oct. 2019 Sure, there was a Hamlet-esque regicide plotline among some lions. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 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, 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, 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,, 16 Feb. 2018 Both were marked by civil war, regicide, the advent of a republic and the restoration of monarchy. The Economist, 31 Aug. 2017 So if Cersei expects Tyrion to kill her, Jaime becomes the more likely candidate to commit regicide. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 14 Aug. 2017 See More

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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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“Regicide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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