tyrannicide

noun
ty·​ran·​ni·​cide | \ tə-ˈra-nə-ˌsīd How to pronounce tyrannicide (audio) , tī- \

Definition of tyrannicide

1 : the act of killing a tyrant
2 : the killer of a tyrant

First Known Use of tyrannicide

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tyrannicide

in sense 1, from French, from Latin tyrannicidium, from tyrannus + -i- + -cidium -cide (killing); in sense 2, from French, from Latin tyrannicida, from tyrannus + -i- + -cida -cide (killer)

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“Tyrannicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tyrannicide. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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