Definition of uxoricide in English:



mass noun
  • 1The killing of one's wife.

    • ‘The risk of uxoricide increased with greater age difference between partners.’
    • ‘Not only did he never commit uxoricide, he never hit his wife.’
    • ‘Although seemingly rare, the rate of incidence of uxoricide in the United States is similar to that of childhood leukemia.’
    killing, homicide, assassination, liquidation, extermination, execution, slaughter, butchery, massacre
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    1. 1.1count noun A man who kills his wife.
      • ‘The Chief of Scotland Yard remains with doubt whether Arthur is an uxoricide or not.’
      • ‘He was an uxoricide who had crept up behind his wife one morning and slit her throat.’


Mid 19th century: from Latin uxor ‘wife’ + -cide.