[ma-tri-sahyd, mey-]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for matricide

Contemporary Examples of matricide

Historical Examples of matricide

  • Absolution to any parricide, matricide, or fratricide, for three ducats.


    Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger

  • Eumenides: The prophet (Apollo) bade thee then become a matricide?

  • Will she go to Rome and accuse me of matricide before the Senate and the people?

    Darkness and Dawn

    Frederic W. Farrar

  • Erinnyes—Ay, rely on dead men's aid, When guilty of matricide!

  • A man may be quietly parasitic upon his mother, and yet incapable of matricide.

    What is Coming?

    H. G. Wells

British Dictionary definitions for matricide



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

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

matricide in Medicine




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