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uxoricide

[uhk-sawr-uh-sahyd, -sohr-, uhg-zawr-, -zohr-]
noun
  1. the act of murdering one's wife.
  2. a man who murders his wife.
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Origin of uxoricide

1855–60; < Latin ūxor wife + -i- + -cide
Related formsux·o·ri·cid·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for uxoricide

uxoricide

noun
  1. the act of killing one's wife
  2. a man who kills his wife
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Derived Formsuxoricidal, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Latin uxor wife + -cide
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Word Origin and History for uxoricide

n.

1854, "the murder of one's wife;" 1860, "one who kills his wife," from Latin uxor "wife" (see uxorious) + -cide. Related: Uxoricidal.

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