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fratricide

[ fra-tri-sahyd, frey- ]
/ ˈfræ trɪˌsaɪd, ˈfreɪ- /
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noun

a person who kills his or her brother.
the act of killing one's brother.

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Origin of fratricide

1490–1500; (def. 1) <Middle French <frātricīda, equivalent to frātri- (combining form of frāter) brother + -cīda-cide; (def. 2) <Middle French <Late Latin frātricīdium, equivalent to frātricīd(a) + -ium noun suffix
frat·ri·cid·al, 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
fratricidal, adjective
C15: from Latin frātricīda; see frater 1, -cide
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