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Definition of "parricide" [par•ri•cide]

  • The murdering of one's father, mother, or other near relative. (noun)
  • One who commits such a murder. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "parricide" in a sentence
  • "This recovery of filiation in parricide has its parallel in the more general return of history and ethics that de Man recognizes in these essays (and claims is their "most interesting occurrence of all") (498)."
  • "The word parricide is contrary to its original import, applied to the murderer of any near relative."
  • "About 49 children each year kill their parents, but few are so young, said Kathleen Heide, a criminology professor at the University of South Florida who has studied the crime, called parricide, for more than 30 years."