parricide

[ par-uh-sahyd ]
/ ˈpær əˌsaɪd /
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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 formspar·ri·cid·al, adjective
Can be confusedmatricide 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 Formsparricidal, 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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Word Origin and History for parricide

parricide


n.

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).

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