Thursday, November 5, 2009


Killing your sibling. Also used for killing your brother-in-arms, your fellow soldier. From the Latin fratricida. Frater (brother) also appears in fraternity and fraternize. Cida (killer) appears in all sorts of words.
  • Suicide - killing self
  • Homicide - killing another person
  • Genocide - killing a cultural group
  • Regicide - killing your king
  • Insecticide - killing bugs
  • Deicide - killing God
  • Vaccicide - killing cows
  • hirudicide - killing leeches
and my favorite...
  • Onmicide - Destroying everything
You can -cide just about anything you want using Latin and English. Art is Cain practicing fratricide on Abel from a 12th century mosaic.

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