honor killing

noun

Definition of 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 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. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Yaser Said, accused of killing his two daughters in 2008, was nearly caught in 2017, authorities say," 28 Aug. 2020 Authorities in Iran have arrested a man accused of beheading his 14-year-old daughter in an honor killing that sparked widespread outrage in the Middle Eastern country. Fox News, "Iranian man accused of beheading 14-year-old daughter in honor killing arrested," 28 May 2020 Latest developments: Mother of man slain in Harris County 'honor killing' relates threat Prosecutors have said Irsan, who lived in a rural Montgomery County compound with his 12 children, planned to kill his daughter, Nesreen, as well. Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle, "Houston 'honor killings' death penalty trial breaks for 4th of July," 3 July 2018 Indeed, one of the strands in the 2006 feature After Dark Falls, about an honor killing in an immigrant family in Sweden, already covered similar terrain more successfully. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'What Will People Say' ('Hva vil folk si'): Film Review," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of honor killing

1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Honor killing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honor%20killing. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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