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

Examples of filicide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crimes of the Future Rated R for filicide, surgeries and power-drill violence. New York Times, 2 June 2022 But most filicides are considered altruistic killing. Bree Burkitt, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2020 Oberman, who wrote two books on the subject of filicide, said many of the women who commit those murders are often isolated in their motherhood and have mental health issues or previous trauma. Bree Burkitt, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2020 Oberman, who wrote two books on the subject of filicide, said many of the women who commit these murders are often isolated in their motherhood and mental health issues or previous trauma. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, 22 Jan. 2020 But most filicides are considered altruistic killing. Bree Burkitt, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2020 But most filicides are considered altruistic killing. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, 22 Jan. 2020 Smith's crime was another opportunity to obsess over an unimaginable case of filicide. oregonlive, 26 Oct. 2019 For committing genocide and multiple attempts of filicide. Maia Efrem, refinery29.com, 15 June 2019 See More

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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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Last Updated

15 Jun 2022

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“Filicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/filicide. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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