Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who kills a king; a regicide.
  • n. A large, high-finned killer-whale, supposed to be the male.

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Examples

  • When I hear the negative judgment of a king-killer, I try to remind myself to turn that judgment around and apply it to its source, to see whether the indictment is not more about the accuser than the accused.

    Peter Clothier: King Killers: The Art of Personal and Political Assassination

  • No king-killer has ever had such a vast array of effective weapons within such easy reach.

    Peter Clothier: King Killers: The Art of Personal and Political Assassination

  • It is not hard to see why Shakespeare, writing in the restless 1590s, shied away from delving too deeply into the character and motivation of a young, martial king-killer.

    Review of The Fears of Henry IV

  • Alexander was a king; Solomon, the wisest of men, was a king; Napoleon was a king; Caesar died in his attempt to become one, and Cromwell, the puritan and king-killer, aspired to regality.

    The Last Man

  • Was it possible that the member of the Committee of Public Safety, the king-killer, the queen-killer, could in earnest mean to deliver his old confederates, his bosom friends, to the executioner, solely because they had planned an act which, if there were any truth in his own Carmagnoles, was in the highest degree virtuous and glorious?

    Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches — Volume 2

  • Cromwell, the puritan and king-killer, aspired to regality.

    The Last Man

  • [To the gold] O thou sweet king-killer, and dear divorce

    Timon of Athens

  • I had not heard the story of Androcles, so he told it me at large; but as to the surgeon, we told him he had no way to know whether the lion would do so or not, but to cure him first and trust to his honour; but he had no faith, so to despatch him and put him out of his torment, he shot him in the head and killed him, for which we called him the king-killer ever after.

    The Life, Adventures & Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton

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