Definitions

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  • noun The act of killing one's spouse, especially the murder of a husband by his wife.
  • noun A woman who has killed her husband.

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  • noun the murder of a husband by his wife

Etymologies

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From Latin maritus ("married", "husband") + -cide, from caedere ("to kill")

Examples

  • Aeschylus’s trilogy of tragedies tells of Clytemnestra’s mariticide of Agamemmnon, and of Orestes’s matricide of Clytemnestra, presenting these as torturae for the tragic protagonists — revenges that “must happen” and killings of kin that “must not happen”.

    Notes Toward a Theory of Narrative Modality

  • Aeschylus’s trilogy of tragedies tells of Clytemnestra’s mariticide of Agamemmnon, and of Orestes’s matricide of Clytemnestra, presenting these as torturae for the tragic protagonists — revenges that “must happen” and killings of kin that “must not happen”.

    Archive 2009-06-01

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