Definition of sororicide in English:


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


[mass noun]
  • 1The killing of one’s sister.
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    • While it may be tempting to blame these killings on some extreme form of sibling rivalry, most cases of fratricide or sororicide defy such a simplistic explanation.
    • "She makes me so angry," said the victim of an attempted sororicide.
    • 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.
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    • Intending sororicides will do well to get this formula fastened in their memories.
    • The King is at first inclined to agree with this principle and to mete out to the sororicide the punishment he deserves.
    • 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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