Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical.
Related to matricidal: convalescence


1. The act of killing one's mother.
2. One who kills one's mother.

[Latin mātricīdium and mātricīda : mātri-, matri- + -cīdium and -cīda, -cide.]

mat′ri·cid′al (-sīd′l) adj.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
"A Death in the Family" (The Land of Nod) has been called "a model of black humor." (32) The dark, but "tongue-in-cheek" matricidal fantasy is cleverly linked to musical quotes ranging from Star Wars to La traviata.
Colleen Lamos (1998), for instance, has argued that Joyce, Eliot, and Proust explored conceptions of creativity that they associated with women and with "feminine" forms of masculinity, but, at the same time, retreated into matricidal fantasies about overcoming the deadly imposition of the mother as a strategy for managing anxieties about female identification.
Mama serves as a figure of horror mainly because she represents the archaic mother, but one who refuses to die and will not allow her children to perform the matricidal act necessary for their development.
In Translingual Imagination, Steven Kellman cites the popular monolingual myth that "there seems to be something not only painful but unnatural, almost matricidal, about an author who abandons Muttersprache" (3), only to list many authors who have succeeded and have renewed the languages to which they chose to contribute.
Murphy introduces a matricidal two-headed Sarah Paulson and Jessica Lange anachronistically singing David Bowie's "Life on Mars" in 1952.
Physically too, when Elektra urges her to join the matricidal plotting."We were on the floor, tussling.
From the matrixial angle, matricidal phantasy is akin to suicidal phantasy.
(5) For a more detailed account of what immediately preceded the matricidal act, including the role the nine-year-old apprentice played in the course of events, see Hitchcock (2005: 2829).
In one corner of the painting, an axe-wielding prepubescent appears poised to carry out matricidal fantasies.
In a republic plagued by-filial guilt and grief for a defeated Mother country, the story of a new creature whose matricidal origins were both honorable and salvific would have been particularly powerful" (122).
Although Mendelssohn acknowledges the aesthetic and intellectual value of this tradition, be argues that in Les Bienveiilantes the pornographic material undermines what he deems to be its "historical/documentary" aspect: "Either Aue is a human brother with whom we can sympathize (by which I mean, accept that he is not simply 'inhuman'), or be is a sex-crazed, incestuous, homosexual, matricidal coprophage; but you can't have your Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte and eat it, too." (37)