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matricide

[ ma-tri-sahyd, mey- ]
/ ˈmæ trɪˌsaɪd, ˈmeɪ- /
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noun

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

Nearby words

matriarchate, matriarchy, matric, matrical, matrices, matricide, matriclinous, matricliny, matriculant, matriculate, matriculation

Origin of matricide

1585–95; < Latin mātricīdium (def 1), mātricīda (def 2); see matri-, -cide
Related formsmat·ri·cid·al, adjective
Can be confusedmatricide parricide patricide
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British Dictionary definitions for matricide

matricide

/ (ˈmætrɪˌsaɪd, ˈmeɪ-) /

noun

the act of killing one's own mother
a person who kills his mother
Derived Formsmatricidal, adjective

Word Origin for matricide

C16: from Latin mātrīcīdium (the act), mātrīcīda (the agent). See matri-, -cide
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Word Origin and History for matricide

matricide


n.

1590s, "action of killing one's mother," from French matricide, from Latin matricida "mother-killer," and matricidium "mother-killing," from comb. form of mater "mother" (see mother (n.1)) + -cida "killer," and -cidium "a killing," from caedere "to slay" (see -cide). Meaning "one who kills his mother" is 1630s. Related: Matricidal (adj.). Old English had moðorslaga "matricide, mother-slayer."

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Medicine definitions for matricide

matricide

[ mătrĭ-sīd′ ]

n.

The act of killing one's mother.
Related formsmat′ri•cidal (-sīdl) adj.
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