honor killing


: the traditional practice in some countries of killing a family member who is believed to have brought shame on the family

Examples of honor killing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Acclaimed Indian filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava will direct a film about Pakistani model and social media star Qandeel Baloch, who was murdered in an honor killing in 2016. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 16 May 2022 An anti-honor killing bill passes unanimously in both houses of Parliament. CNN, 13 Sep. 2022 The sotah laws offer a useful example of how the Torah approaches repulsive social norms of ancient times such as honor killing. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 6 June 2022 The psychological horror is set in a conservative household in 1930s Damascus and centers on an honor killing. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 It was called an honor killing, something common at the time. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 28 Feb. 2022 After her death, Pakistan’s parliament passed an anti-honor killing law, which outlined harsher punishments and partially closed loopholes for some familial pardons, according to Human Rights Watch. Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2022 Converts to Christianity in Yemen are at a high risk of honor killing or physical violence. Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Said’s Muslim faith — that the sisters were shot in an honor killing, a practice in some cultures in which men kill female relatives thought to have dishonored their families. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, 19 Jan. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of honor killing was in 1929

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“Honor killing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honor%20killing. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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