infanticide


in·fan·ti·cide

noun \in-ˈfan-tə-ˌsīd\

: the act of killing a baby

Full Definition of INFANTICIDE

1
:  the killing of an infant
2
[Late Latin infanticida, from Latin infant-, infans + -i- + -cida -cide] :  one who kills an infant
in·fan·ti·ci·dal \-ˌfan-tə-ˈsī-dəl\ adjective

Origin of INFANTICIDE

Late Latin infanticidium, from Latin infant-, infans + -i- + -cidium -cide
First Known Use: 1611

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in·fan·ti·cide

noun \in-ˈfant-ə-ˌsīd\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INFANTICIDE

1
: the killing of an infant
2
: one who kills an infant
in·fan·ti·ci·dal \-ˌfant-ə-ˈsīd-əl\ adjective

infanticide

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Killing of the newborn. Infanticide has often been interpreted as a primitive method of birth control and a means of ridding a group of its weak or undesirable children; but most societies actively welcome children and put them to death (or allow them to die) only under exceptional circumstances—e.g., when there is little or no likelihood of being able to provide support. As late as the 18th century in European countries unwanted infants were disposed of by abandonment and exposure. Firstborn sacrifice, or the offering of one’s most precious possession to the deities, is known from the Bible and from the histories of Egypt, Greece, Rome, and India.

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