Definitions

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

  • n. The killing of a wife by her husband.
  • n. A man who kills his wife.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who murders his or her wife.
  • n. The murdering of one's own wife.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The murder of a wife by her husband.
  • n. One who murders his wife.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who slays his wife.
  • n. The killing of a wife by her husband.

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

  • n. the murder of a wife by her husband
  • n. a husband who murders his wife

Etymologies

Medieval Latin uxōricīdium : Latin uxor, wife + Latin -cīdium, -cide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin uxor + -cide (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This haste was rather forced on the story because the centrepiece of the episode was to be the trial of Bates the valet, on charges of uxoricide, and, though the series has not always been a stickler for historical accuracy, most viewers would have known that the courts knock off over the holidays.

    TV review: Downton Abbey

  • In the archival materials available, uxoricide is not a fantasy but a real part of Italian Jewish life.

    Italy, Early Modern.

  • Killing the owner of the uterus that is your only current chance to get your genes into the next generation the evolutionary imperative, especially if she is caring for your current children and has a father or brothers who take exception to your uxoricide, is an excellent way to a dead end personally and genealogically.

    Mind Hacks: Minds Designed For Murder?

  • D. 160, brought an action of uxoricide against Herodes, but failed to prove his case.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

  • Bangalore: An undertrial accused of uxoricide allegedly committed suicide in the Parappana Agrahara central jail on Wednesday night.

    Analysis

  • Bangalore: A man was arrested for the November 2009 murder of his second wife, police said, adding that the accused committed uxoricide in a fit of rage after the woman had resisted his attempts for a physical relationship.

    Analysis

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  • I may only liken my state of mind to that so graphically described in the well-known and popular story of the uxoricide, Bluebeard, wherein it is told how the vigilant Anne stood on the outer ramparts straining her eyes in the direction whither succour might reasonably be expected to materialise, being deceived at least once by the dust cloud created by a flock of sheep, and tortured meantime by the melancholy accents of her sister, the present wife of the monster, who continually entreated to be told whether she, Anne, saw any one coming.

    Fibble, D.D.

  • So Jaded "> So Jaded said: At this point, really, anything could have happened, from stranger abduction to walkout to uxoricide ...

    The Dreamin' Demon

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  • One who murders his wife; or, the murder of one's wife.

    October 9, 2007