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fratricide

[ fra-tri-sahyd ]
/ ˈfræ trɪˌsaɪd /
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noun
the act of killing one's brother or a member of one’s own tribe or group.
a person who kills their brother or a member of their own tribe or group.
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Origin of fratricide

First recorded in 1490–1500; (def. 1) from Middle French, from Late Latin frātricīdium, equivalent to frātricīd(a) frātri- (combining form of frāter ) brother + -cīda -cide + -ium noun suffix; (def. 2) from Middle French, from frātricīda

OTHER WORDS FROM fratricide

frat·ri·cid·al [fra-tri-sahyd-l], /ˌfræ trɪˈsaɪd l/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fratricide

fratricide
/ (ˈfrætrɪˌsaɪd, ˈfreɪ-) /

noun
the act of killing one's brother
a person who kills his brother
military the destruction of or interference with a nuclear missile before it can strike its target caused by the earlier explosion of a warhead at a nearby target

Derived forms of fratricide

fratricidal, adjective

Word Origin for fratricide

C15: from Latin frātricīda; see frater 1, -cide
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