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sororicide Line breaks: sor¦ori|cide
Pronunciation: /səˈrɒrɪsʌɪd/

Definition of sororicide in English:


[mass noun]
1The killing of one’s sister.
Example sentences
  • The most serious form of sibling abuse is fratricide and sororicide.
  • Alonso eloquently regrets the sororicide and uxoricide he committed before he is beheaded.
  • Freud seems to have been deaf to the importance in myth of both sororicide and fratricide.
1.1 [count noun] A person who kills their sister.
Example sentences
  • Anna is barely sane; and Helen is a sororicide.
  • Roman historians tend to present the sororicide in a positive light, stressing Horatia's father's public vindication of his son.
  • My error was demonstrated to me in black and white: the sororicide had to be acquitted.


Mid 17th century (denoting a person who kills their sister, derived from Latin sororicida): the primary current sense comes from late Latin sororicidium, from soror 'sister' + -cidium (see -cide).

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