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[pa-truh-sahyd, pey‐]
  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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  • This was laughed at before the shadow of Booth's patricide was cast ahead.

    The Lincoln Story Book

    Henry L. Williams

  • "But even there infanticide was more popular than patricide," Farrell pointed out.

    Pet Farm

    Roger Dee

  • Which is the greatest penalty proportional to the crime of patricide?

  • There was a time when the ancient Romans did not think that there existed such a crime as patricide; and hence it is.

  • As in similar psychological situations, patricide and matricide followed.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

British Dictionary definitions for patricide


  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 patricide


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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