Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of murdering one's father.
  • n. One who murders one's father.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Murder of one's father.
  • n. A murderer of one's father.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The murderer of his father.
  • n. The crime of one who murders his father. Same as Parricide.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A murderer of his father.
  • n. The murde of a father.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who murders their father
  • n. the murder of your father

Etymologies

Late Latin patricīdium and patricīda : Latin patri-, patri- + -cīdium, -cīda, -cide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin patricida. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Here in Confucian Korea, where in a classroom gasps of horror are heard when I lead university students to figure out what the word "patricide" means, the idea that adult children have an "obligation to care for elderly parents" is simply a given, although it is sometimes transgressed.

    O tempora, o mores!

  • SIR, -- The word "patricide" in your issue of this morning (telegrams) was an error.

    Mark Twain, a Biography. Complete

  • Thus, whilst it seems that Anthony Hamilton has been the primary mover in orchestrating Dennis's withdrawal, there remains a sense in which Lewis seems to have committed an act of professional patricide.

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  • NATALIE: Rivals Alex and Jaden will be forced to work together on a mission to assassinate the privileged son of a foreign leader who's planning a patricide.

    Mega Buzz: A B&S Bombshell and Baby Blues on Private Practice and Bones

  • The book portrays a patricide in which each of the murdered man's sons share a varying degree of complicity.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • The condition that Lyle had produced is called patricide.

    March 11th, 2009

  • From matricide to patricide, as boring turncoat alien Ryan sneaks back on the ship to fetch his rapidly maturing hybrid daughter Amy, but is instead killed presumably when Amy wraps her own tail around dad's neck, revealing her allegiance to surrogate mommy Anna.

    Matt's TV Week in Review

  • As open-minded as Clay seemed, I doubted that patricide was a basis for the two of them to be BFFs.

    The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

  • But whatever was compelling about the song before seems more so after we are informed here that Mr. Morrison really did compose "The End," which builds to a screamed fantasy of patricide and maternal incest, "after a breakup with a girl he liked."

    Does He Still Light Your Fire?

  • Like the edifice of Poe's imagination, the Walworth mansion had become, over the years, an emblem of decay and fallen glory, leaving behind echoes of insanity and patricide.

    Prominence and Patricide

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