- a person who kills his or her brother.
- the act of killing one's brother.
Origin of fratricide
Examples from the Web for fratricide
Hillary Rodham Clinton must be reveling in the latest round of Republican fratricide.How to Beat Hillary: End the Republican Fratricide
August 5, 2013
For she, like her father and all the Borgias, firmly believed that Cæsar was a fratricide.Lucretia Borgia
Absolution to any parricide, matricide, or fratricide, for three ducats.Faustus
Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
The fratricide also is said by some to have been committed in this place.Early Travels in Palestine
Arculf et al.
But what can be expected from the descendants of the fratricide Romulus?The Holy Roman Empire
And the history of human wo begins with Cain the fratricide.Wanderings in Corsica, Vol. 1 of 2
- 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 fratricide
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."