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uxoricide

[ uhk-sawr-uh-sahyd, -sohr-, uhg-zawr-, -zohr- ]
/ ʌkˈsɔr əˌsaɪd, -ˈsoʊr-, ʌgˈzɔr-, -ˈzoʊr- /
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noun

the act of murdering one's wife.
a man who murders his wife.

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Origin of uxoricide

1855–60; <Latin ūxor wife + -i- + -cide

OTHER WORDS FROM uxoricide

ux·o·ri·cid·al, adjective

Words nearby uxoricide

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How to use uxoricide in a sentence

  • It isn't uxoricide or sheep-stealing—not to know Melville—but it's the deadly sin of ingratitude.

British Dictionary definitions for uxoricide

uxoricide
/ (ʌkˈsɔːrɪˌsaɪd) /

noun

the act of killing one's wife
a man who kills his wife

Derived forms of uxoricide

uxoricidal, adjective

Word Origin for uxoricide

C19: from Latin uxor wife + -cide
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