One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The killing of a parent or other near relative.
murder, taking of life, assassination, homicide, manslaughter, liquidation, elimination, doing to death, putting to death, execution, dispatch, martyrdomView synonyms
- ‘While Oedipus loses his ability to name his parents due to his incest and parricide, Augustus loses his power to recognize parricide and incest because he has been denied the freedom to know his parentage.’
- ‘Freud guessed that the murder of Moses reinforced the inherited sense of guilt dating from the primal parricide described above, and caused a lasting unconscious sense of guilt in the Jewish people.’
- ‘While the novel addresses a complex case of parricide, Brooks focuses on the one brother's desire to confess to the murder of his father when he did not, in fact, commit the murder.’
- ‘Eventually the narrative reaches its climax and the tantalizing underworld of desire and fear destroys itself in an orgiastic frenzy of voyeurism, a chase with guns, violence, and an Oedipal parricide.’
- ‘She can point out that that story, that progress, began in blood, fear, tears, and leads to repeated antagonisms, repeated parricides, repeated wars: it leads to death.’
- ‘The Fast Runner, the first feature made in the Inuit language, tells an ancient tale of how an evil spirit descended on a tribe, causing a blood feud that involved treachery, adultery, and parricide.’
- ‘Whereas incest and parricide are the foretold destiny of Oedipus, that which causes his tragedy and Jocasta's destruction, here incest and parricide are by-products of the institution of slavery.’
- ‘Recalling the unspecified horror of Robert Longo's ‘Men in the City’ series, Mull's 5-by-7-foot elegy to parricide, War and Peace, is pervaded by a sense of violence.’
- ‘The work ends on a heart-stopping note: A man and woman step forward and read names of those wrongly convicted for murder, parricide, rape, child molestation, with the length of imprisonment.’
- ‘And Bacon did not allude to the tragic sequel - incest and parricide - as if his Oedipus has emerged triumphant, blessed by his wound and thereby bestowing blessings.’
- ‘Irigaray wonders why law and community have to be founded on violence as in Freud's founding of culture on parricide in Totem and Taboo and symbolic sacrifice as in Girard's Violence and the Sacred: ‘Why did speech fail?’’
- ‘In 1874, Dostoevsky began work on his final novel, The Brothers Karamazov, his literary masterpiece of parricide that reflected and prophesized the death of the Tsar and in turn, traditional Russian society.’
- ‘Thus, the Oedipal version of parricide and incest conflates identification and difference; they meet at the crossroads, if you will.’
- ‘Khrushchev also feared the fallout of his impending parricide, yet held ‘a naïve faith that socialism, once purified of its Stalinist stain, would command ever more loyalty from its beneficiaries.’’
- ‘Rape, incest, parricide, sacrilege, sodomy and tribadism, pedophilia and all the most horrible forms of torture and murder were associated with sexual arousal in the writings of Sade.’
- ‘Both were executed, along with 52 others suspected of involvement in the machinations of Batz, dressed in red, the colour of parricide.’
- ‘Roscius had much to be thankful for, since he was accused of parricide.’
- ‘Freud emphasises parricide, both in regard to the Oedipal urge and to the primal horde, where sons kill the father.’
- ‘She is inexorably engulfed by the cloud of shame that surrounds parricide.’
- ‘The event in his life most frequently depicted in classical literature is neither parricide, nor incest, nor blinding, but exile - the least important event in King Oedipus, and therefore in Freud.’
- 1.1count noun A person who commits parricide.
- ‘Now, when we see that in Rome the parricide was whipped with the red twigs of the cornel tree, an arbor infelix, the conclusion seems evident.’
Late 16th century: from French, from Latin parricidium ‘murder of a parent’, with first element of unknown origin, but for long associated with Latin pater ‘father’ and parens ‘parent’.
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