Definition of deicide in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdēəˌsīd/ /ˈdiəˌsaɪd/


  • 1The killer of a god.

    1. 1.1The killing of a god.
      ‘Of course, priests have preached deicide from the pulpits and biblical commentaries have explained it.’
      • ‘Actually, it's a bit hazy on whether it was deicide or suicide.’
      • ‘In particular, I never heard any accusation of deicide directed against my people.’
      • ‘Their sin is not deicide any more.’


Early 17th century from ecclesiastical Latin deicida ‘killer of a god’, or directly from Latin deus ‘god’+ -cide.