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patricide

[pa-truh-sahyd, pey‐] /ˈpæ trəˌsaɪd, ˈpeɪ‐/
noun
1.
the act of killing one's own father.
2.
a person who commits such an act.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; patri- + -cide
Related forms
patricidal, adjective
Can be confused
matricide, parricide, patricide.
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British Dictionary definitions for patricidal

patricide

/ˈpætrɪˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
the act of killing one's father
2.
a person who kills his father
Derived Forms
patricidal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for patricidal

patricide

n.

1. "person who kills his father" (1590s), 2. "act of killing one's father" (1620s), from Middle French patricide in both senses, from 1. Latin patricida "murderer of a father," 2. Latin patricidium, from pater "father" + 1. cida "killer," 2. cidium "killing" (see -cide).

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