noun Date: 1593 1. [Latin patricida, from patr- + -cida -cide] one who murders his or her own father 2. [Late Latin patricidium, from Latin patr- + -cidium -cide] the murder of one's own father • patricidal adjective

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  • Patricide — is (i) the act of killing one s father, or (ii) a person who kills his or her father. The word patricide derives from the Latin word pater (father) and the Latin suffix cida (cutter or killer). Patricide is a sub form of parricide, which is… …   Wikipedia

  • patricide — pat·ri·cide / pa trə ˌsīd/ n [Latin patricida, from patr pater father + cida killer] 1: an individual who murders his or her father 2: the murder of an individual s own father Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • patricide — (n.) 1. person who kills his father (1590s), 2. act of killing one s father (1620s), from M.Fr. patricide in both senses, from 1. L. patricida, 2. L. patricidium, from pater father + 1. cida killer, 2. cidium killing (see CIDE (Cf. cide)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Patricide — Pat*ri cide, n. [L. pater father + caedere to kill. Cf. {Parricide}.] 1. The murderer of his father. [1913 Webster] 2. The crime of one who murders his father. Same as {Parricide}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patricide — ► NOUN 1) the killing of one s father. 2) a person who kills their father. ORIGIN Latin patricidium, alteration of parricidium parricide …   English terms dictionary

  • patricide — [pa′trə sīd΄, pā′trə sīd΄] n. [ML patricida: see PATRI & CIDE] 1. the act of murdering one s father 2. a person who does this patricidal adj …   English World dictionary

  • patricide — parricide, patricide Both words come from the Latin word pater meaning ‘father’, but in current use parricide is the killing of a parent or other near relative whereas patricide is more specifically the killing of one s father. They are used to… …   Modern English usage

  • patricide — See patricide, parricide, matricide …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • patricide — patricidal, adj. /pa treuh suyd , pay /, n. 1. the act of killing one s own father. 2. a person who commits such an act. [1585 95; PATRI + CIDE] * * * …   Universalium

  • patricide — noun a) Murder of ones father. b) A murderer of ones father …   Wiktionary

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