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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 of fratricide
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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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
adj.

1804, from fratricide + -al (1).

fratricide

n.

mid-15c., "person who kills a brother;" 1560s, "act of killing a brother," from Latin fratricida "brother-slayer," from frater "brother" (see brother) + cida "killer," or cidum "a killing," both from caedere "to kill, to cut down" (see -cide). Among several Old English words for this were broðorbana "one who kills a brother;" broðorcwealm "act of killing a brother."

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