honor killing


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

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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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