mariticide

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin maritus (married", "husband) +‎ -cide, from caedere (to kill).

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mariticide (plural mariticides)

  1. The act of killing one's spouse, especially the murder of a husband by his wife.
  2. A woman who has killed her husband.

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  • The term mariticide is principally used to refer to the murder of a husband by his wife, rather than a general term for killing a spouse. The common term for the murder of a wife by her husband is uxoricide.

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