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 But most filicides are considered altruistic killing. Bree Burkitt, USA TODAY, "‘Harm was going to come’: Mom accused of smothering 3 kids struggled after mother's death," 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, "‘Harm was going to come’: Mom accused of smothering 3 kids struggled after mother's death," 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, "Mom accused of killing her 3 kids was struggling with loss of mother, drugs," 22 Jan. 2020 But most filicides are considered altruistic killing. Bree Burkitt, USA TODAY, "‘Harm was going to come’: Mom accused of smothering 3 kids struggled after mother's death," 23 Jan. 2020 But most filicides are considered altruistic killing. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Mom accused of killing her 3 kids was struggling with loss of mother, drugs," 22 Jan. 2020 Smith's crime was another opportunity to obsess over an unimaginable case of filicide. oregonlive, "She captivated nation in 1994 by saying black man kidnapped her sons. Police knew she killed them.," 26 Oct. 2019 For committing genocide and multiple attempts of filicide. Maia Efrem, refinery29.com, "The Movies That Get Fatherhood All Wrong — & The Ones That Get It Right," 15 June 2019 At a meeting with factory workers in 2017, Putin himself stoked doubts about the tsar’s filicide, suggesting that a papal envoy spread the rumor hoping to convert Russia to Catholicism. Noah Sneider, Harper's magazine, "Slash Fictions," 10 May 2019

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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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“Filicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/filicide. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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