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Regicide Definition & Meaning from 601 Words

Regicide definition and meaning from the book, 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam, used in authentic and short passages. Learn the meaning of the word, regicide, and improve your vocabulary in real context with illustrations.

/ˈredʒ.ɪ.saɪd/ (noun)

Regicide definition

the act of killing a king or a person who kills a king or monarch, king killer, king murderer


Regicide is the purposeful killing or murder of a monarch or sovereign of a polity and is often associated with the usurpation of power. A regicide can also be the person responsible for the killing. The word comes from the Latin roots of regis and cida (cidium), meaning “of monarch” and “killer” respectively.

In the British tradition, it refers to the judicial execution of a king after a trial, reflecting the historical precedent of the trial and execution of Charles I of England. The concept of regicide has also been explored in media and the arts through pieces like Macbeth (Macbeth’s killing of King Duncan) and The Lion King.

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Adjective: regicidal

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