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



BrE BrE//ˈmætrɪsaɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmætrɪsaɪd//
[uncountable, countable] (formal) Types of crime
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the crime of killing your mother; a person who is guilty of this crime compare fratricide, parricide, patricide See related entries: Types of crime Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin matricidium, from mater, matr- ‘mother’ + -cidium, from caedere ‘kill’.
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