hospiticide

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

hospit- +‎ -cide

From Latin hospiticīda, from hospes (host” or “guest) (stem: hospit-) + -cīda (killer) (from caedō (I kill)); compare English -cide.[1][2]

NounEdit

hospiticide (plural hospiticides)

  1. (rare) One who kills his guest or host.[1][2][3]
    • 1837: Edward Smallwood, Manuella, the Executioner’s Daughter ; A Story of Madrid, volume II, pages 275–276 (Richard Bentley)
      Armed with the weapon which was destined to destroy himself, Imnaz sprang down the ladder, — found the door, and, emerging from the abode of crime, sought a more secure resting place, leaving his hostess to discover, with return of day, in whose blood were imbrued the hands of an hospiticide.

Etymology 2Edit

From Latin *hospiticīdium, from hospes, hospit- + -cīdium (killing); compare English -cide.

NounEdit

hospiticide (countable and uncountable, plural hospiticides)

  1. (rare) The act of a guest killing his host or vice versa, or an instance thereof.[4]
    • 1837: Edward Smallwood, Manuella, the Executioner’s Daughter ; A Story of Madrid, volume II, page 261 (Richard Bentley)
      Anniversary of the Massacre of the Prado — the Defeat of Quesada — Murderous Reprisals — Hospiticides.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 “Hospiʹticide” listed on page 407 of part I of volume 5 of A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (1928)
      Hospiʹticide.rare — o. [ad. rare Latin hospiticīda, f. hospes, hospit- guest + -cīda, -cide i.] One who kills his guest or host. (Blount Glossogr. 1656.)
  2. 2.0 2.1 hoˈspiticide” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]
  3. ^ Glossographia; or, a dictionary interpreting the hard words of whatsoever language, now used in our refined English tongue by Thomas Blount (1656)
  4. ^ A Dictionary of Words and Phrases Used in Ancient and Modern Law by Arthur English (1987; Wm. S. Hein Publishing; ISBN 0837721040), page 423
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