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[ma-tri-sahyd, mey-] /ˈmæ trɪˌsaɪd, ˈmeɪ-/
the act of killing one's mother.
a person who kills his or her mother.
Origin of matricide
1585-95; < Latin mātricīdium (def 1), mātricīda (def 2); see matri-, -cide
Related forms
matricidal, adjective
Can be confused
matricide, parricide, patricide. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for matricide
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  • 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 August Bebel
  • 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 August Bebel
  • A man may be quietly parasitic upon his mother, and yet incapable of matricide.

    What is Coming? H. G. Wells
  • During the Cimbric, P. Malleolus was guilty of the first matricide.

  • Woman is considered inviolable; matricide is the blackest of all crimes: it summons all men to retribution.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • And was he now called upon to advise the most feasible way in which a matricide could be accomplished?

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • As in similar psychological situations, patricide and matricide followed.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for matricide


/ˈmætrɪˌsaɪd; ˈmeɪ-/
the act of killing one's own mother
a person who kills his mother
Derived Forms
matricidal, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin mātrīcīdium (the act), mātrīcīda (the agent). See matri-, -cide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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matricide in Medicine

matricide mat·ri·cide (māt'rĭ-sīd')
The act of killing one's mother.

mat'ri·cid'al (-sīd'l) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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