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infanticide

[in-fan-tuh-sahyd] /ɪnˈfæn təˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
the act of killing an infant.
2.
the practice of killing newborn infants.
3.
a person who kills an infant.
Origin of infanticide
1650-1660
1650-60; (def 1) < Late Latin infanticīdium; (def 2) < Late Latin infanticīda. See infant, -i-, -cide
Related forms
infanticidal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for infanticide
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  • In fact, infanticide is said to be known only in four or five provinces.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • Abortion and infanticide are two customs which have the same character and purpose.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • infanticide was very uncommon, but abandonment (foundlings) took its place.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • The crime of fœticide, or infanticide, is not of recent growth.

    Public School Education Michael Mller
  • In my opinion there would have been a case of infanticide in our family.

  • The usage of infanticide has existed amongst them from time immemorial.

British Dictionary definitions for infanticide

infanticide

/ɪnˈfæntɪˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
the killing of an infant
2.
the practice of killing newborn infants, still prevalent in some primitive tribes
3.
a person who kills an infant
Derived Forms
infanticidal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for infanticide
n.

1650s, "the killing of infants;" 1670s, "one who kills an infant," from infant + -cide.

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infanticide in Medicine

infanticide in·fan·ti·cide (ĭn-fān'tĭ-sīd')
n.

  1. The act of killing an infant.

  2. The practice of killing newborns.

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