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fratricide

[fra-tri-sahyd, frey-] /ˈfræ trɪˌsaɪd, ˈfreɪ-/
noun
1.
a person who kills his or her brother.
2.
the act of killing one's brother.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; (def 1) < Middle French < frātricīda, equivalent to frātri- (combining form of frāter) brother + -cīda -cide; (def 2) < Middle French < Late Latin frātricīdium, equivalent to frātricīd(a) + -ium noun suffix
Related forms
fratricidal, adjective
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Examples for fratricidal
  • Concern about fratricidal effects can be a motivation in hardening some types of weapons.
  • For one thing, fratricidal conflicts still tear at our world.
  • So they are still capable of drawing back from a fratricidal war.
  • In the past, it has been split by fratricidal disputes.
British Dictionary definitions for fratricidal

fratricide

/ˈfrætrɪˌsaɪd; ˈfreɪ-/
noun
1.
the act of killing one's brother
2.
a person who kills his brother
3.
(military) the destruction of or interference with a nuclear missile before it can strike its target caused by the earlier explosion of a warhead at a nearby target
Derived Forms
fratricidal, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin frātricīda; see frater1, -cide
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Word Origin and History for fratricidal
fratricide
mid-15c., from L. fratricida, from frater "brother" + cida "killer," or cidum "a killing," both from caedere "to kill, to cut down" (see concise). Related: Fratricidal.
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