Meaning of “fratricide” in the English Dictionary

"fratricide" in British English

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fratricidenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈfræt.rɪ.saɪd/ us /ˈfræt.rə.saɪd/ formal
fratricidal
adjective uk /ˌfræt.rɪˈsaɪ.dəl/ us /ˌfræt.rəˈsaɪ.dəl/

Examples from literature

  • 'How did that man kill?' I questioned, pointing to the apathetic figure of the fratricide, which attracted my imagination by its loneliness. 
  • And when each brandished the sword unto the death of the other, the saint feared exceedingly, lest even in his sight the crime of fratricide should happen. 
  • It deals with the ungovernable passion of two brothers for one placid and beautiful girl, a passion which leads to fratricide and madness. 
  • It was civil war,—fratricide. 
  • They expected swift retribution for their intended fratricide, but instead of this they heard reassuring words from his lips. 

(Definition of “fratricide” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)