in·​fan·​ti·​cide | \ in-ˈfan-tə-ˌsīd How to pronounce infanticide (audio) \

Definition of infanticide

1 : the killing of an infant
2 [Late Latin infanticida, from Latin infant-, infans + -i- + -cida -cide] : one who kills an infant

Other Words from infanticide

infanticidal \ in-​ˌfan-​tə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl How to pronounce infanticide (audio) \ adjective

Examples of infanticide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scattered reports of infanticide among primates were later borne out by fieldwork. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 The misinformation appears to have originated from multiple questionable websites that published stories claiming that California bill AB 2223 legalizes infanticide. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 The Power of Darkness crossed with the Kerry Babies double-infanticide scandal of the mid-1980s). Clair Wills, The New York Review of Books, 4 Nov. 2021 The uproar spread to the Executive Mansion when Northam, a pediatrician, attempted to address the issue in a radio interview with remarks that fueled GOP allegations that Democrats were supporting infanticide. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 In January, when Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin issued an executive order that freed parents to choose whether their kids wore masks, the entire left-wing punditsphere accused him of infanticide. David Harsanyi, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 The team found that 65 percent of these species are known to commit infanticide, compared to just 34 percent in species whose babies have the same coat colors as their parents. Max G. Levy, Wired, 7 Feb. 2022 This grim opening sequence isn’t even the only mass murder in the finale; in response to the killing of her baby daughter, Francesca engineers a truly nightmarish spell that causes mass infanticide, leaving all the babies in one Redanian city dead. Scott Meslow, Vulture, 19 Dec. 2021 Before that day, there had been virtually no conversation about infanticide. Oscar Schwartz, Wired, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of infanticide

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for infanticide

Late Latin infanticidium, from Latin infant-, infans + -i- + -cidium -cide

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“Infanticide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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in·​fan·​ti·​cide | \ in-ˈfant-ə-ˌsīd How to pronounce infanticide (audio) \

Medical Definition of infanticide

1 : the killing of an infant
2 : one who kills an infant

Other Words from infanticide

infanticidal \ -​ˌfant-​ə-​ˈsīd-​ᵊl How to pronounce infanticide (audio) \ adjective


in·​fan·​ti·​cide | \ in-ˈfan-tə-ˌsīd How to pronounce infanticide (audio) \

Legal Definition of infanticide

: the killing of a newly or recently born child

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