The -Cide Suffix

Written by Do I Editorial

Killing is absolutely unjustified in many cases, possibly necessary in others.  Unfortunately, human beings, through the ages, have resorted to killings, violent crimes and even mass destruction.  The –cide suffix is used to describe killings of various kinds.  It is derived from the Latin ‘caedere’ meaning to kill.  Here are some words that end with –cide:

Patricide:  Killing one’s father
Matricide: Killing one’s mother
Parricide:  Killing one’s parents
Fratricide:  Killing one’s brother
Sororicide:  Killing one’s sister
Mariticide:  Killing one’s husband
Uxoricide:  Killing one’s wife
Filicide:  Killing one’s daughter or son

Suicide:  Killing oneself
Homicide:  Killing a man or any person
Femicide:  Killing a female
Genocide:  Killing or destruction of a racial, political or cultural group

Insecticide:  Killing of insects; something that kills insects
Pesticide:  Killing of pests; something that kills pests
Germicide:  Killing of germs; something that kills germs

Photopraph: Holocaust Memorial, Budapest
Shoes on the Danube is a memorial to the people who fell victim to the Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest and depicts their shoes left behind on the bank when they fell into the river after having been shot during World War II. (Copy from Neilhooting’s photograph)

Visual Courtesy:http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilhooting/