regicide

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From Latin regis, genitive singular of rex ‎(king) + -cida ‎(killer) or -cidium ‎(act of killing), both from caedo ‎(cut, beat, kill). Equivalent to +‎ -cide.

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regicide ‎(plural regicides)

  1. The killing of a king.
  2. One who kills a king.
    • 2014 September 15, Martin Gayford, “There's more to Ming than a vase [print version: 16 August 2014, pp. R6–R7]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review)[1]:
      The fact that the Yongle emperor was therefore a usurper, regicide and nepoticide (nephew-killer) made compiling the Veritable Record – or official history – of his reign a most dangerous scholarly post. The official given this ticklish task managed to survive several drafts, finally producing one that pleased his master as it omitted the dead nephew's reign altogether.

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regicide f

  1. plural of regicida