fratricide

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin frater (brother) + caedere (to kill). Equivalent to +‎ -cide.

Noun[edit]

fratricide (plural fratricides)

  1. The killing of one's brother (or sister).
  2. A person who commits this crime.
    • 1936, H. A. L. Fisher, A History of Europe, Edward Arnold Publishers, p.376,
      The conversion of Russia to Christianity was effected, it would seem by a monster of cruelty and lust. That Vladimir (980 - 1015) was a fratricide, who maintained 3,500 concubines, has not prevented his canonization as a saint.
  3. (military, by extension) The intentional or unintentional killing of a comrade in arms.
    • 1999, Richard M. Swain, Lucky War: Third Army in Desert Storm, DIANE Publishing, page 180,
      From January on, Third Army also spent a good deal of energy trying to solve the problem of fratricide, the killing or injuring of one's own forces by what is ironically called 'friendly fire,'...

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French[edit]

Noun[edit]

fratricide m (plural fratricides)

  1. fratricide (crime)
  2. fratricide (person who commits this crime)

Adjective[edit]

fratricide (masculine and feminine, plural fratricides)

  1. fratricidal

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

fratricide f pl

  1. Feminine plural form of fratricida

Noun[edit]

fratricide f pl

  1. plural form of fratricida