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 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 There was widespread speculation, rooted in Yaser’s Muslim faith, that the sisters were shot in an honor killing — a practice in some cultures where men kill female relatives who are thought to have brought shame upon their families. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, 4 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 28 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of honor killing

1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of honor killing was in 1929

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Last Updated

17 Apr 2022

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“Honor killing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honor%20killing. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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