American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The killing of one's brother or sister.
- n. One who has killed one's brother or sister.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who murders or kills a brother.
- n. The act of murdering or killing a brother.
- n. The killing of one's brother (or sister).
- n. A person who commits this crime.
- n. military, by extension The intentional or unintentional killing of a comrade in arms.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of one who murders or kills his own brother.
- n. One who murders or kills his own brother.
- n. a person who murders their brother or sister
- n. fire that injures or kills an ally
- n. the murder of your sibling
- From Latin frater ("brother") + caedere ("to kill"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin frātricīdium and frātricīda : frāter, frātr-, brother; see bhrāter- in Indo-European roots + -cīdium and -cīda, -cide. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“An investigation was immediately launched, and several documents show that the local chain of command was largely convinced it was fratricide from the beginning.”
“This caused the Venetian government to seize their treasure and to commission the statues as a cautionary, perpetual reminder that fratricide is considered very, very rude in that part of the world.”
“Frank J. Sulloway in his Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics and Creative Lives (New York: Random House, 1996) gives a paragraph to the Díaz brothers (273) and throughout his book refers to fratricide and sibling rivalry.”
“The U.S. military refers to it as fratricide, which is the killing of a brother.”
“Tillman was on his second tour of duty when he was killed in Afghanistan -- a victim of "fratricide," inadvertently killed by his own troops during an ill-fated expedition.”
“The poem proceeds to move fear away from political theology and ultimately toward a secular account of legitimate retributive justice — in which fear is invoked as a highly specific accompaniment to the notion of deserved punishment for the "fratricide" that”
“In service as an Army Ranger, Tillman was shot by another American in what the military calls "fratricide," but what the rest of the nation knows as "friendly fire.”
“He also thought that the problem posed by "fratricide" would preclude a successful first strike.”
“It would be a grave intellectual mistake, if you've read Genesis, to speak of fratricide as if it were invented by videogames.”
“In Vietnam, friendly-fire casualties-or "fratricide," as the Pentagon calls them-skyrocketed to somewhere between 15 and 20 percent of all casualties.”
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