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 (ŭk-sôr′ĭ-sīd′, ŭg-zôr′-)
1. The killing of a wife by her spouse.
2. One who kills one's wife.

[Medieval Latin uxōricīdium : Latin uxor, wife + Latin -cīdium, -cide.]
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1. the act of killing one's wife
2. a person who kills his or her wife
[C19: from Latin uxor wife + -cide]
uxˌoriˈcidal adj
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(ʌkˈsɔr əˌsaɪd, -ˈsoʊr-, ʌgˈzɔr-, -ˈzoʊr-)

1. the act of murdering one's wife.
2. a man who murders his wife.
[1855–60; < Latin ūxor wife + -i- + -cide]
ux•o`ri•cid′al, adj.
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1. the killing of one’s wife.
2. a person who has killed his wife. — uxoricidal, adj.
See also: Killing
1. the murder of a wife by a husband.
2. a husband who murders his wife. — uxoricidal, adj.
See also: Wife
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.uxoricide - a husband who murders his wife
hubby, husband, married man - a married man; a woman's partner in marriage
2.uxoricide - the murder of a wife by her husband
murder, slaying, execution - unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
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Fifty-three percent of wife killings (or "uxoricides") occurred between spouses who were either separated or in the process of separating, almost always at the woman's insistence.
Of "233 cases in which a spouse was accused of conjugal homicide 152 (or 65 percent) were alleged uxoricides" carried out exclusively by the husband (p.
(48) Certainly, Jardine's focus, in her interpretation of La Ceremonie des adieux, on Beauvoir's annihilation of 'The Father for intellectual France' (49) and Doubrovsky's numerous ready-made Oedipal interpretations proffered to the reader of Le Livre brise (to explain, for example, his relationships with women and his self-avowed 'uxoricides': LB, pp.