Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to patricidal: Parenticide, matricide


1. The act of murdering one's father.
2. One who murders one's father.

[Late Latin patricīdium and patricīda : Latin patri-, patri- + Latin -cīdium and -cīda, -cide.]

pat′ri·cid′al (păt′rĭ-sīd′l) adj.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
In its patricidal attitude towards previous literary generations, Infrarealism explored other ways to be a poet at a time when all paths appeared to be closed or to end up in the same place.
3) For Freud, sacrificial rites offer an outlet for violence, which he reads in psychoanalytic terms in Totem and Taboo as patricidal, and as satisfying a "creative sense of guilt [that] still persists among us" by providing an opportunity for atonement.
Every new character and bit of world-building seems to exist as if in opposition to the constant, and ultimately sentimentally tragic--given that the patricidal death of a beloved character is arguably the main emotional takeaway--tug of the film's deeply embedded nostalgia.
Treacherous Women of Imperial Japan: Patriarchal Fictions, Patricidal Fantasies, London and New York: Routledge.
Williams has yet to reveal much about his score for "The Force Awakens," which is set 30 years after the events in 1983's "Return of the Jedi" that culminated in Luke's patricidal killing of Vader.
23) Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Jason Fritz, Bridget Moreng and Nathaniel Barr, The War Between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda: Strategic Dimensions of a Patricidal Conflict (Washington, DC: Valens Global, 2015).
Priam's status as "ur-father" certainly renders this action on the part of Pyrrhus as nightmarishly Oedipal and patricidal, even while Pyrrhus completes the revenge for his own father Achilles's death.
24) He announced that he had to lay patricidal hands on father Parmenides (25) by distinguishing between absolute nonbeing and the relative nonbeing of difference (thateron).
Georges's patricidal rage is explained by fractured identity born of parental rejection and social stigma.
3) In Bloom's terms, influence acts upon the aspiring poet by exciting an oedipal or patricidal urge to rebel against the precursor(s).
Antigone reveals herself as the daughter of patricidal and incestuous oedipus, the daughter of oedipus's mother and wife Jocasta, and the sister of treacherous Polyneices and Eteocles (Rutter 114).