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patricide

Legal Definition of patricide

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Definition of patricide

Etymology

    Latin patricida

Noun

patricide (plural patricides)

  1. murder of one's father.
  2. a murderer of one's father.

Further reading

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 defined as an act of killing a close relative.

Compare with parricide (the killing of a relative or other person in a position of authority), matricide (the killing of one's mother), filicide (the killing of a child by his or her parent), fratricide (the killing of one's sibling, in particular a brother-compare to sororicide), regicide (the killing of a monarch), suicide (killing oneself), homicide (killing another person) and genocide (killing large numbers of people of one particular race, tribe or other group).

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



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