Have you ever noticed the connection between words like suicide, homicide, genocide, pesticide and fungicide? They all end in –cide, of course, but their meanings are linked too. They all concern death, destruction, extermination and deliberate killing. The –cide ending originates from the Latin word caedere meaning to kill. Remember that next time you consider ordering a glass of cider!The five examples above are not the only –cide words, however. (Although they are perhaps the most common.) On this page you"ll find about 160 such words (almost 200 if you count variant spellings) culled from a variety of dictionaries.The words below are divided into the following eight categories: Killing One"s Relatives, Murdering Other People, Killing Animals, Killing Insects, Medicine (Killing Diseases), Killing Plants, Miscellaneous Killing, and Extreme Killing.

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Killing One"s Relations

Here are 13 words for killing members of one"s family. Generally the word can be used both for the act of killing, and the killer: an uxoricide is one who commits uxoricide.
Killing oneselfsuicide, selfcide
Killing one"s fatherpatricide
Killing one"s mothermatricide
Killing one"s parent(s)parenticide
Killing one"s brotherfratricide
Killing one"s sistersororicide
Killing one"s husbandmariticide, viricide
Killing one"s wifeuxoricide
Killing one"s son or daughterfilicide, prolicide
Killing a close relativeparricide

Killing Other People – Murder

Killing a man, or any personhomicide
Killing a womanfemicide, gynecide, gynaecide
Killing an infantinfanticide
Killing a fetusaborticide, feticide, foeticide
Killing old mensenicide
Killing a kingregicide
Killing a lord or masterhericide
Killing a philosopherphilosophicide
Killing a prophet or poetvaticide
Killing a czarczaricide
Killing a bishopepiscopicide
Killing an apprenticeprenticecide
Killing a BrahminBrahminicide, Brahmanicide
Killing a Spartacus memberSparticide
Killing a modernistmodernicide
Killing a guest or hosthospiticide
Killing a favoritenepoticide
Killing a friendambicide
Killing an enemyhosticide
Killing a heretichereticide, heretocide
Killing a tyranttyrannicide
Killing of ChristChristicide

Killing Animals – Slaughter

There are terms for the killing of many types of animal. Here, in alphabetical order of animal, are 33 such –cide
Killing of bearsursicide
Killing of birdsavicide, birdicide
Killing of boarsapricide
Killing of bullstauricide
Killing of catsfelicide
Killing of chickens or turkeysgallinicide
Killing of cowsvaccicide
Killing of deercervicide
Killing of dogscanicide
Killing of elephantselephanticide
Killing of fishpiscicide
Killing of fowlsgallicide
Killing of foxvulpicide
Killing of goatshiricide
Killing of kangaroosmacropocide
Killing of leecheshirudicide
Killing of micemuricide
Killing of molestalpicide
Killing of oxenbovicide
Killing of partridgesperdricide
Killing of poultrypoultrycide
Killing of ratsraticide
Killing of reptilesherpecide, herpicide
Killing of rodentsrodenticide
Killing of sealssealicide
Killing of serpentsserpenticide
Killing of snails/molluscsmolluscacide
Killing of sparrowssparrowcide
Killing of verminverminicide
Killing of whalesceticide
Killing of wolveslupidide

Killing Insects

Killing of insectsinsecticide
Killing of adult insectsadulticide, imagocide, imagicide
Killing of insect larvaelarvicide
Killing of insect eggsovicide
Killing of pestspesticide
Killing of antsformicide, formicicide
Killing of aphidsaphidicide, aphicide
Killing of bedbugscimicide
Killing of beesapicide
Killing of fleaspulicide, pulicicide
Killing of fliesmuscacide, muscicide
Killing of gnats or mosquitosculicicide, culicide
Killing of licelousicide, pediculicide
Killing of mitesacaricide, miticide
Killing of mosquitosanophelicide, mosquitocide
Killing of spiders or scorpionsarachnidcide
Killing of tickstickicide
Killing of waspsvespacide

Medicines And Drugs That Exterminate

In the same way that fungicide
is used to kill fungal spores, there are thousands of medicines and drugs used to kill all manner of bacteria and diseases.

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The words for such substances often end in –cide, for example:
Amebaeamebacide, amebicide, amoebicide
Animal parasitesepizocide
Bacteriabactericide, bacteriacide, bacteriocide
Blood corpusclesglobulicide
Blood flukesschistosomacide, schistosomicide
Cancerous cellstumorcide
Diarrhea-causing parasitestrichomonacide
Fever (reducing fever)febricide
Gonorrheagonococcide, gonoccocide
Intestinal wormshelminthicide, vermicide
Leukocytesleukocide, leucocide
Malarial parasitesgametocide, plasmodicide, schizonticide
Nematode wormsnematocide, nematicide, nemacide
Oxyuris wormsoxyuricide
Parasitic bacteriatreponemicide
Roundwormsascaricide, filaricide, lumbricide
Scabiesscabicide, scabieticide
Sleeping sickness infectiontrypanocide, trypanosomacide
Spermspermicide, spermatocide, spermatozoicide
Spirilla bacteriaspirillicide
Spirochetes bacteriaspirocheticide, spirochaeticide
Sporesfungicide, sporicide
Staphstaphylocide, staphylococcide, staphylococcicide
Streptococci bacteriastreptococcicide
Tapewormstaenicide, taeniacide, teniacide, tenicide
Toxinstoxicide, toxinicide
Tuberculosis bacillituberculocide
Virusesviruscide, virucide

Killing Plantlife

Killing of algaealgaecide, algicide
Killing of flowersfloricide
Killing of plantsherbicide, phytocide
Killing of weedsweedicide

Other Death, Annihilation, and Obliteration

Killing a goddeicide
Killing of a giantgianticide
Killing of a monstermonstricide
Killing putrid thingsputricide
Destruction of bookstomecide
Destroying wordslogocide, verbicide
Destruction of a cultureethnocide
Destruction of ancient buildings/monumentspetracide
Destruction of lawslegicide
Destruction of libertyliberticide
Destruction of lifebiocide
Ruining a suitor"s chancessuitorcide
Ruining someone"s reputationfamicide
Killing the mind (brainwashing)menticide
Killing a faithfideicide
Killing facts (distorting the truth)facticide
Killing someone with a motor vehicleautocide

Extreme Death, Killing, Destruction, and Extermination

And finally, we"ve saved the best (or worst) for last. These five words refer to killing on a massive scale:
Destruction of everythingonmicide
Destruction of the entire worldmundicide
Destruction of the natural worldecocide
Killing of all peoplepopulicide
Extermination of an entire racial, political, or cultural groupgenocide

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