filicide

noun
fil·​i·​cide | \ ˈfi-lə-ˌsīd How to pronounce filicide (audio) \

Definition of filicide

: the murder of one's own daughter or son

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Yet Western culture has been haunted for millennia by the wretched House of Atreus – cursed through the generations with fratricide, patricide, filicide, mariticide, and matricide. Steven G. Kellman, The Christian Science Monitor, "'House of Names' is Colm Tóibín's take on the House of Atreus," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of filicide

1665, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for filicide

Latin filius son & filia daughter + English -cide

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The first known use of filicide was in 1665

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