Definition of patricide in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The killing of one's father.

    • ‘It's just that our society is now quickly turning body fat into a taboo, somewhere below incest and patricide.’
    • ‘She has suspected Maerose of planning patricide for some time now.’
    • ‘This is, perhaps, the most horrifying of all the revelations in the poem and in the piece, for now we know that it was by his own Mother's counsel that Edward committed the heinous crime of patricide.’
    • ‘Being proud and genteel New Englanders, the salon-goers covered up their patricide with flattery, duly noting Edwards's considerable intellect and pious reputation.’
    • ‘After all, even if a sultan died in his own bed of ‘natural causes’, poisoning would be suspected because patricide was the most common and convenient means of ascending the throne.’
    • ‘Many years earlier Teiresias had warned the Theban king Oedipus that he was guilty of incest and patricide, but Oedipus had heeded his warning too late.’
    • ‘Rather than openly contemplating patricide, shouldn't you be identifying with your father so as to accommodate your Oedipal impulses?’
    • ‘The Chorus reminds Oedipus that he deserved punishment because it was he who first killed his own father Laius on the road to Thebes, committing the same crime of patricide that prohibits him from being buried on Theban soil.’
    • ‘It was horrific and gruesome and I wondered how any of these women could get through each day without committing patricide.’
    • ‘They don't manage to fully convey the horrors of the patricide and tyranny that they have to contend with.’
    • ‘The family dynamic gets splintered when Glen develops a second personality - Glenda - and starts acting out, leading to spectacular patricide.’
    • ‘It's about fratricide, patricide, matricide - the ultimate dysfunctional family.’
    • ‘The erstwhile history of Muslim rulers with their tendency towards fratricide and patricide was again upon the Mughals.’
    • ‘The book opens, for example, with the public execution of Beatrice Cenci in Rome, for patricide, on Sept.11, 1599.’
    • ‘Soon after the offering is made, Oedipus dies peacefully, his sins of incest and patricide forgiven by these benevolent goddesses.’
    • ‘The first of the immeasurable crimes is patricide, killing one's father.’
    • ‘Infanticide, patricide, suicide, gender bias, and substance abuse - are all to be found in various animal species.’
    • ‘Calling the genre extreme is like calling patricide ungrateful.’
    • ‘My Dad does this and it makes me what to commit patricide.’
    • ‘I think his obsession with patricide should occupy him at present.’
    murder, taking of life, assassination, homicide, manslaughter, liquidation, elimination, doing to death, putting to death, execution, dispatch, martyrdom
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A person who kills their father.
      • ‘So this is really the old patricide begging sympathy because he's an orphan.’


Early 17th century: from late Latin patricidium, alteration of Latin parricidium (see parricide).