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[par-uh-sahyd] /ˈpær əˌsaɪd/
the act of killing one's father, mother, or other close relative.
a person who commits such an act.
Origin of parricide
1545-55; < Latin parricīdum act of kin-murder, parricīda kin-killer, equivalent to pāri- (akin to Greek pāós, Attic pēós kinsman) + -cīdum, -cida -cide
Related forms
parricidal, adjective
Can be confused
matricide, parricide, patricide. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for parricide
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  • Now with his vengeance complete, the parricide took to flight.

    Their Son; The Necklace Eduardo Zamacois
  • There stands a gibbet by the road, on which a parricide was hanged in chains.

    Eugene Aram, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Away with the wretch—the parricide—the bloody-minded villain!

    The Fortunes of Nigel Sir Walter Scott
  • God aids no child to parricide—and thou art England's child!

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It is but too true that one fanatic is sufficient for the commission of a parricide, without any accomplice.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • Absolution to any parricide, matricide, or fratricide, for three ducats.

    Faustus Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
  • I wonder, Beverly, that you can coldly argue against the very life of your country, and not feel the parricide's remorse!

  • Whereupon a senator got up and denounced him as an enemy and a parricide.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • Now we are asked to allow a tomb-haunter to call a parricide to disclose that which he himself is ignorant of.

    Kai Lung's Golden Hours Ernest Bramah
  • All this is done and suffered to mark the enormity of the crime of a parricide.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
British Dictionary definitions for parricide


the act of killing either of one's parents
a person who kills his parent
Derived Forms
parricidal, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin parricīdium murder of a parent or relative, and from parricīda one who murders a relative, from parri- (element related to Greek pēos kinsman) + -cīdium, -cīda-cide
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Word Origin and History for parricide

1. "person who kills a parent or near relative" (1550s), also 2. "act of killing parent or near relative" (1560s), both from Middle French parricide (13c. in sense 1, 16c. in sense 2), from 1. Latin parricida, 2. Latin parricidium, probably from parus "relative" (of uncertain origin, but cf. Greek paos, peos "relation," Sanskrit purushah "man") + 1. cida "killer," 2. cidium "killing," both from caedere (see -cide).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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