tyrannicide
noun Etymology: in sense 1, from French, from Latin tyrannicidium, from tyrannus + -i- + -cidium -cide (killing); in sense 2, from French, from Latin tyrannicida, from tyrannus + -i- + -cida -cide (killer) Date: 1650 1. the act of killing a tyrant 2. the killer of a tyrant

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  • TYRANNICIDE — Désignant le meurtre d’un tyran accompli en dehors de toute procédure régulière par une personne privée, le terme «tyrannicide» s’applique aussi parfois au meurtrier du tyran. Dans l’Antiquité grecque, le tyrannicide apparaît comme… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Tyrannicide — literally means the killing of a tyrant. Typically, the term is taken to mean the killing or assassination of tyrants for the common good. The term tyrannicide does not apply to tyrants killed in battle or killed by an enemy in an armed conflict …   Wikipedia

  • Tyrannicide — • The killing of a tyrant, and usually is taken to mean the killing of a tyrant by a private person for the common good Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Tyrannicide     Tyrannicide …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • tyrannicide — 1. (ti ra nni si d ) s. m. Meurtre d un tyran. •   Arcadius et Honorius publièrent une loi contre le tyrannicide, DIDER. Princ. de polit. 142. HISTORIQUE    XVIe s. •   Le tyrannicide que firent Brutus, Cassius et leurz adherentz, BONIVARD de… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • tyrannicide — [tə ran′ə sīd΄, tiran′ə sīd΄, tīran′ə sīd΄] n. [ TYRANNICIDE sense 1 < L tyrannicidium; TYRANNICIDE sense 2 < L tyrannicida: see TYRANT & CIDE] 1. the act of killing a tyrant 2. a person who kills a tyrant tyrannicidal adj …   English World dictionary

  • Tyrannicide — Ty*ran ni*ci de, n. [L. tyrannicidium the killing of a tyrant, tyrannicida the killer of a tyrant; tyrannus a tyrant + caedere to kill: cf. F. tyrannicide.] 1. The act of killing a tyrant. Hume. [1913 Webster] 2. One who kills a tyrant. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • TYRANNICIDE — n. m. Meurtrier d’un tyran. Les Grecs honoraient les tyrannicides …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • tyrannicide — tyrannicidal, adj. /ti ran euh suyd , tuy /, n. 1. the act of killing a tyrant. 2. a person who kills a tyrant. [1640 50; < L tyrrannicidium (def. 1), tyrannicida (def. 2). See TYRANT, I CIDE] * * * …   Universalium

  • tyrannicide — noun The killing of a tyrant …   Wiktionary

  • tyrannicide — killing or killer of a tyrant Killing and Killers …   Phrontistery dictionary

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