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[pa-truh-sahyd, pey‐]
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  1. the act of killing one's own father.
  2. a person who commits such an act.
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Origin of patricide

First recorded in 1585–95; patri- + -cide
Related formspat·ri·cid·al, adjective
Can be confusedmatricide parricide patricide
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British Dictionary definitions for patricidal


  1. the act of killing one's father
  2. a person who kills his father
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Derived Formspatricidal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for patricidal



1. "person who kills his father" (1590s), 2. "act of killing one's father" (1620s), from Middle French patricide in both senses, from 1. Latin patricida "murderer of a father," 2. Latin patricidium, from pater "father" + 1. cida "killer," 2. cidium "killing" (see -cide).

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