fem·​i·​cide | \ ˈfe-mə-ˌsīd How to pronounce femicide (audio) \
plural femicides

Definition of femicide

: 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

First Known Use of femicide

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for femicide

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

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The first known use of femicide was in 1976

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Last Updated

27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Femicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/femicide. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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