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Definition of fratricide noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    fratricide

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈfrætrɪsaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrætrɪsaɪd//
     
    [uncountable, countable] (formal) Types of crime
     
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  1. 1the crime of killing your brother or sister; a person who is guilty of this crime compare matricide, parricide, patricide See related entries: Types of crime
  2. 2the crime of killing people of your own country or group; a person who is guilty of this crime See related entries: Types of crime
  3. 3(especially North American English) the accidental killing of your own forces in war synonym friendly fire
  4. Word Origin late 15th cent. (denoting a person who kills their brother or sister, derived from Latin fratricida): the primary current sense comes via French from late Latin fratricidium, from frater ‘brother’ + -cidium, from caedere ‘kill’.
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