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patricide

[ pa-truh-sahyd, pey‐ ]
/ ˈpæ trəˌsaɪd, ˈpeɪ‐ /
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noun

the act of killing one's own father.
a person who commits such an act.

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Origin of patricide

First recorded in 1585–95; patri- + -cide

OTHER WORDS FROM patricide

pat·ri·cid·al, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH patricide

matricide, parricide, patricide
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British Dictionary definitions for patricide

patricide
/ (ˈpætrɪˌsaɪd) /

noun

the act of killing one's father
a person who kills his father

Derived forms of patricide

patricidal, adjective
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