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deicide

[dee-uh-sahyd]
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noun
  1. a person who kills a god.
  2. the act of killing a god.
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Origin of deicide

1605–15; < New Latin deicīda (def 1), deicīdium (def 2), equivalent to Latin dei- (combining form of deus god) + -cīda, -cīdium -cide
Related formsde·i·cid·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for deicide

Historical Examples

  • How real is the pretended power which the deicide chemists are alleged to wield?

    L-bas

    J. K. Huysmans

  • She condoned his blasphemies concerning the priests because of his aversion towards the deicide race.

    Two banks of the Seine

    Fernand Vandrem

  • Jewish persecution had its completion in the ruin of the deicide city.

  • Guilty of this homicide, and this regicide, and this deicide, confess your guilt to-day.

    New Tabernacle Sermons

    Thomas De Witt Talmage


British Dictionary definitions for deicide

deicide

noun
  1. the act of killing a god
  2. a person who kills a god
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Derived Formsdeicidal, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from ecclesiastical Latin deicida, from Latin deus god; see -cide
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Word Origin and History for deicide

n.

1610s, "the killing of a god;" 1650s, "one who kills a god," from Latin deus "god" (see Zeus) + -cida (see -cide).

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