- the act of killing a woman, as by a domestic partner or a member of a criminal enterprise: The rate of femicide where there is drug trafficking is far greater than it is elsewhere.
- the deliberate, wanton violation and massacre of women and girls, as in a particular ethnic group by an invading army.Compare genocide.
- a person who kills a woman: In certain countries, femicides appear to act with impunity.
Origin of femicide
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Contemporary Examples of femicide
Cases of “femicide” in Italy have been growing steadily in the last several years.
In almost every femicide case in recent months, the women were trying to leave their relationship.