the act of killing one's father, mother, or other close relative.
a person who commits such an act.

1545–55; < Latin parricīdum act of kin-murder, parricīda kin-killer, equivalent to pāri- (akin to Greek pāós, Attic pēós kinsman) + -cīdum, -cida -cide

parricidal, adjective

matricide, parricide, patricide. Unabridged
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parricide (ˈpærɪˌsaɪd)
1.  the act of killing either of one's parents
2.  a person who kills his parent
[C16: from Latin parricīdium murder of a parent or relative, and from parricīda one who murders a relative, from parri- (element related to Greek pēos kinsman) + -cīdium, -cīda-cide]

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Word Origin & History

1. "person who kills a parent or near relative" (1554), also 2. "act of killing parent or near relative" (1570), both from M.Fr. parricide, from 1. L. parricida, 2. L. parricidium, probably from parus "relative" (of unknown origin) + 1. cida "killer," 2. cidium "killing," both from caedere (see
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The crime of parricide is becoming more and more frequent among the peasantry.
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