One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The killing of one's sister.
killing, homicide, assassination, liquidation, extermination, execution, slaughter, butchery, massacreView synonyms
- ‘The most serious form of sibling abuse is fratricide and sororicide.’
- ‘Freud seems to have been deaf to the importance in myth of both sororicide and fratricide.’
- ‘Alonso eloquently regrets the sororicide and uxoricide he committed before he is beheaded.’
- ‘"She makes me so angry," said the victim of an attempted sororicide.’
- ‘While it may be tempting to blame these killings on some extreme form of sibling rivalry, most cases of fratricide or sororicide defy such a simplistic explanation.’
- 1.1count noun A person who kills their sister.
- ‘Anna is barely sane; and Helen is a sororicide.’
- ‘The King is at first inclined to agree with this principle and to mete out to the sororicide the punishment he deserves.’
- ‘Intending sororicides will do well to get this formula fastened in their memories.’
- ‘Roman historians tend to present the sororicide in a positive light, stressing Horatia's father's public vindication of his son.’
- ‘My error was demonstrated to me in black and white: the sororicide had to be acquitted.’
Mid 17th century (denoting a person who kills their sister, derived from Latin sororicida): the primary current sense comes from late Latin sororicidium, from soror ‘sister’ + -cidium (see -cide).
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