- the act of killing one's father, mother, or other close relative.
- a person who commits such an act.
Origin of parricide
Examples from the Web for parricide
Historical Examples of parricide
There stands a gibbet by the road, on which a parricide was hanged in chains.Eugene Aram, Complete
God aids no child to parricide—and thou art England's child!Harold, Complete
With all your abominations you are yet a saint in comparison with a parricide.The Robbers
Should the assassin come, it will not be with the blow of a parricide.
Absolution to any parricide, matricide, or fratricide, for three ducats.Faustus
Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
- the act of killing either of one's parents
- a person who kills his parent
Word Origin for parricide
Word Origin and History for parricide
1. "person who kills a parent or near relative" (1550s), also 2. "act of killing parent or near relative" (1560s), both from Middle French parricide (13c. in sense 1, 16c. in sense 2), from 1. Latin parricida, 2. Latin parricidium, probably from parus "relative" (of uncertain origin, but cf. Greek paos, peos "relation," Sanskrit purushah "man") + 1. cida "killer," 2. cidium "killing," both from caedere (see -cide).