fem·​i·​cide ˈfe-mə-ˌsīd How to pronounce femicide (audio)
plural femicides
: the gender-based murder of a woman or girl by a man
There have been calls for a "national shutdown" to protest femicide in South Africa.Africa Check
… speaks to a generation of young people fed up with femicides, sexual assault, and the ever more pervasive violence in Mexico.Cody Copeland

Examples of femicide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Data collection and research on femicide needs to be funded, said Patricia Andago, a researcher at the data firm Odipo Dev. Abdi Latif Dahir, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2024 In 2022, there were 46 total femicide deaths recorded in Kenya, according to health data provider Africa Data Hub. Emma Ogao, ABC News, 27 Jan. 2024 The Central American country has the highest rate of femicide, the intentional murder of women, among Latin American countries, and the fifth highest in the world, according to the Tico Times. Pilar Arias, Fox News, 31 Mar. 2024 The feminist scholar Diana Russell popularized the term femicide — the killing of women or girls because of their gender — to create a category that distinguishes it from other homicides. Abdi Latif Dahir, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2024 About 20% of South African women have been abused by a partner, and the country has some of the highest rates of rape and femicide in the world. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Feb. 2024 For many Italians, Federica’s murder highlighted the dangers of intimate-partner violence and femicide. Jordan Michael Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Jan. 2024 The purple silhouette of a girl with her fist raised was meant to draw attention to victims of femicides and abuse and to serve as a meeting point for protests. Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2023 Italy’s rate of femicide is the fifth lowest in the European Union. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Jan. 2024

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Word History


femi- (in Latin fēmina "woman") + -cide (after homicide) — more at feminine entry 1

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of femicide was in 1976

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“Femicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/femicide. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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