Definition of regicide in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrejəˌsīd/


1The action of killing a king.
Example sentences
  • In the hands of the Protestant exiles in the 1550s, conciliarism mutated into forms of resistance theory which justified regicide or the deposition of kings.
  • Soon after his death, propagandists began to construct a myth of Scrope as a latter-day Thomas Becket, martyred for his exposure of Henry IV's perjury, regicide and tyrannical rule.
  • His most influential interpreter, Mencius, carried his ideas further, even to the justification of regicide.
1.1A person who kills or takes part in killing a king.
Example sentences
  • By killing the king the regicides made any future compromise impossible; they committed treason and their lives were forfeit.
  • When Charles II returned to become king of England in 1660, those men who had signed his father's death warrant were tried as regicides (the murderer of a king) and executed.
  • Some of the regicides - those who signed the death warrant - were executed after the Restoration, but the king's death marked a turning point, the end of the doctrine of divine right.



Pronunciation: /ˌrejəˈsīdl/
Example sentences
  • His head was displayed on a pike near Westminster Hall, the scene (according to taste) of either his greatest triumph or his most monstrous regicidal crime.
  • The plot of the novel is told in two threads, one where the protagonist is a Doctor in the service of a King and the other where the hero is a bodyguard to a regicidal Protector General.
  • To have convicted Crosfeild for singing a regicidal song would have been unjust and even preposterous, so that at least legally there has to be some kind of aesthetic dispensation, aesthetic free space for strong expressions.


Mid 16th century: from Latin rex, reg- 'king' + -cide, probably suggested by French régicide.

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Syllabification: reg·i·cide

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