Definitions

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  • suffix Used to make nouns meaning the killing of the person or thing indicated by the first component of the word. (This applies to all of the derived terms listed below.)
  • suffix Used to make nouns meaning a killer of the person or thing indicated by the first component of the word. (This applies to some, but not all, of the derived terms listed below.)

Etymologies

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In sense 2, from French -cide, from Latin -cida ("cutter, killer"), from -cid (combining form of caedō ("cut, kill")) + -a ("-er") (used for form agent nouns). In sense 1 (now the primary sense), by extension from sense 2.

Examples

  • The -cide in insecticide is the same as the -cidio in insecticidio.

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  • In La Tremenda Corte, the permanently guilty character of Tres Patines was always brought to trial on charges of some kind of -cidio or -cide.

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