- the act of killing one's mother.
- a person who kills his or her mother.
Origin of matricide
Examples from the Web for matricide
If I had put “Matricide” on the Internet right after I had finished it, you would not be interviewing me right now.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
Absolution to any parricide, matricide, or fratricide, for three ducats.Faustus
Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
Eumenides: The prophet (Apollo) bade thee then become a matricide?Woman and Socialism
Will she go to Rome and accuse me of matricide before the Senate and the people?Darkness and Dawn
Frederic W. Farrar
Erinnyes—Ay, rely on dead men's aid, When guilty of matricide!Woman under socialism
A man may be quietly parasitic upon his mother, and yet incapable of matricide.What is Coming?
H. G. Wells
- the act of killing one's own mother
- a person who kills his mother
Word Origin and History for matricide
1590s, "action of killing one's mother," from French matricide, from Latin matricida "mother-killer," and matricidium "mother-killing," from comb. form of mater "mother" (see mother (n.1)) + -cida "killer," and -cidium "a killing," from caedere "to slay" (see -cide). Meaning "one who kills his mother" is 1630s. Related: Matricidal (adj.). Old English had moðorslaga "matricide, mother-slayer."
- The act of killing one's mother.