- a person who kills his or her brother.
- the act of killing one's brother.
Origin of fratricide
Examples from the Web for fratricidal
What really has rivals drooling is the idea of the fratricidal battle that will ensue if the deal gets done.Hollywood's Coming Culture Clash
March 25, 2009
So it was in the fratricidal war of 1812 between Canada and the United States.Canada: the Empire of the North
Agnes C. Laut
All fierce addresses to the passions, on either side, are fratricidal.
Who could tell whether a fratricidal struggle might not ensue?Celebrated Travels and Travellers
Nor could any augury be made as to the final issue of this fratricidal strife.The Death of the Gods
Of the dark incidents of that fratricidal war no history will ever tell the truth.The Balkan Peninsula
- the act of killing one's brother
- a person who kills his brother
- 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
Word Origin and History for fratricidal
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."