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



BrE BrE//ˈpætrɪsaɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætrɪsaɪd//
[uncountable, countable] (formal) Types of crime
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the crime of killing your father; a person who is guilty of this crime compare fratricide, matricide, parricide See related entries: Types of crime Word Originearly 17th cent.: from late Latin patricidium, alteration of Latin parricidium ‘murder of a parent’, with first element of unknown origin, but for long associated with Latin pater ‘father’ and parens ‘parent’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: patricide