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

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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 That can be anything from female genital mutilation, which is horrific, to female infanticide, where girl babies are not valued, to assault on grown women. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "Gloria Steinem reflects on her decades-long fight for equality, the violence women are facing," 25 Mar. 2021 In April, 2019, Trump told a rally of supporters in Green Bay that Wisconsin’s Democratic governor, Tony Evers, endorsed infanticide; months earlier, Trump made similar statements about Ralph Northam, the Democratic governor of Virginia. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, "The Link Between the Capitol Riot and Anti-Abortion Extremism," 11 Mar. 2021 Domestic violence, child abuse and infanticide have all skyrocketed. Maryanne Murray Buechner, Forbes, "Inside Look: How UNICEF Supports Migrant Children In The United States," 3 Mar. 2021 Anyway, Lillith hasn’t told anyone about her infanticide and is cradling a creepy doll in Adam’s place. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Recap: Dreams (and Nightmares) From My Father," 1 Jan. 2021 The bill was supported by Gov. Ralph Northam, who, while defending it on a radio program, appeared to also endorse infanticide. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "'Critical backstop': As Barrett confirmation looms, states prepare for future without Roe v. Wade," 10 Oct. 2020 Experts have told us abortions up to the moment of birth, what could be described as infanticide, are not happening in the United States. Author: Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo, Meg Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Fact-checking the vice presidential debate between Pence and Harris," 8 Oct. 2020 Rape, murder, arson, infanticide and betrayals of every stripe follow one another in relentless succession. Bill Sheehan, Washington Post, "Ken Follett’s ‘Pillars of the Earth’ prequel is just as transporting — and lengthy — as his famous epic," 22 Sep. 2020 The testimony came as part of PPFA's civil suit against activist and Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden, who claimed the organization and one of its procurers, Advanced Biosciences Resources (ABR), benefited from infanticide. Fox News, "Testimony from Planned Parenthood, tissue procurer sheds light on babies born alive or with beating hearts," 2 July 2020

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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 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of infanticide

: the act of killing a baby


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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