Definition of uxoricide in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌkˈsɔːrɪsʌɪd/


[mass noun]
1The killing of one’s wife.
Example sentences
  • Not only did he never commit uxoricide, he never hit his wife.
  • The risk of uxoricide increased with greater age difference between partners.
  • Although seemingly rare, the rate of incidence of uxoricide in the United States is similar to that of childhood leukemia.
1.1 [count noun] A man who kills his wife.
Example sentences
  • The Chief of Scotland Yard remains with doubt whether Arthur is an uxoricide or not.
  • He was an uxoricide who had crept up behind his wife one morning and slit her throat.



Pronunciation: /ʌksɔːrɪˈsʌɪd(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Add to this already zany array of characters, a psychiatrist with his own uxoricidal fantasies, and you have a Broadway comedy.
  • How and why the play cultivates such mixed responses toward a tyrannical, regicidal, fratricidal, uxoricidal, incestuous bogey-man will occupy our attention.
  • He was a rock star in a glittering, perilous age, an intellectually curious, athletic charmer who became a uxoricidal, paranoid turkey-leg chomper, pursuing a male heir through six wives.


Mid 19th century: from Latin uxor 'wife' + -cide.

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