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noun 
  1. The killing of one's brother (or sister).
  2. A person who commits this crime.
    • 1936: H A L Fisher: A History of Europe: Edward Arnold Publishers P.376.
    • :"The conversion of Russia to Christianity was effected, it would seem by a monster of cruelty and lust. That Vladimir (980 - 1015) was a , who maintained 3,500 concubines, has not prevented his canonization as a saint."
      1. (military, by extension) The killing of a comrade in arms or one who commits this act (intentionally or unintentionally).
    • 1999, Richard M. Swain, http://books.google.com/books?id=mZty9wdfHRkC&pg=PA180&dq=fratricide&ei=tOLRRviDPaPIowLkvMDQBw&sig=1A6pkjEgoziKM8Dv41HLUDKRIFw Lucky War: Third Army in Desert Storm, DIANE Publishing, p. 180
    • :"From January on, Third Army also spent a good deal of energy trying to solve the problem of , the killing or injuring of one's own forces by what is ironically called 'friendly fire,'..."
Etymology: From frater: brother + caedere: to kill.


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