parricide

[ par-uh-sahyd ]
/ ˈpær əˌsaɪd /

noun

the act of killing one's father, mother, or other close relative.
a person who commits such an act.

Origin of parricide

1545–55; < Latin parricīdum act of kin-murder, parricīda kin-killer, equivalent to pāri- (akin to Greek pāós, Attic pēós kinsman) + -cīdum, -cida -cide

Related forms

par·ri·cid·al, adjective

Can be confused

matricide parricide patricide
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British Dictionary definitions for parricide

parricide

/ (ˈpærɪˌsaɪd) /

noun

the act of killing either of one's parents
a person who kills his parent

Derived Forms

parricidal, adjective

Word Origin for parricide

C16: from Latin parricīdium murder of a parent or relative, and from parricīda one who murders a relative, from parri- (element related to Greek pēos kinsman) + -cīdium, -cīda -cide
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