the killing of a spouse, esp. a husband by his wife
marit(al) + -cide
marital rape for example, is a concept many cannot even understand, much less codify in their criminal codes.
But that's changed: marital rape is a crime, one only punishable by prison time.
"In a medieval society, there was no such thing as marital rape," said Martin.
But the mother would privately say that her wonderful Tony had been the result of a marital rape.
We found that child marriage contributed to domestic violence and marital rape, school dropouts, and reproductive health problems.