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Definition of "patricide" []

  • The act of murdering one's father. (noun)
  • One who murders one's father. (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 "patricide" in a sentence
  • "Here in Confucian Korea, where in a classroom gasps of horror are heard when I lead university students to figure out what the word "patricide" means, the idea that adult children have an "obligation to care for elderly parents" is simply a given, although it is sometimes transgressed."
  • "SIR, -- The word "patricide" in your issue of this morning (telegrams) was an error."
  • "Thus, whilst it seems that Anthony Hamilton has been the primary mover in orchestrating Dennis's withdrawal, there remains a sense in which Lewis seems to have committed an act of professional patricide."