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[pa-truh-sahyd, pey‐] /ˈpæ trəˌsaɪd, ˈpeɪ‐/
the act of killing one's own father.
a person who commits such an act.
Origin of patricide
First recorded in 1585-95; patri- + -cide
Related forms
patricidal, adjective
Can be confused
matricide, parricide, patricide. Unabridged
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  • This was laughed at before the shadow of Booth's patricide was cast ahead.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams
  • "But even there infanticide was more popular than patricide," Farrell pointed out.

    Pet Farm Roger Dee
  • Which is the greatest penalty proportional to the crime of patricide?

  • There was a time when the ancient Romans did not think that there existed such a crime as patricide; and hence it is.

  • As in similar psychological situations, patricide and matricide followed.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for patricide


the act of killing one's father
a person who kills his father
Derived Forms
patricidal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for patricide

1. "person who kills his father" (1590s), 2. "act of killing one's father" (1620s), from Middle French patricide in both senses, from 1. Latin patricida "murderer of a father," 2. Latin patricidium, from pater "father" + 1. cida "killer," 2. cidium "killing" (see -cide).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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