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femicide

[fem-uh-sahyd]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. the deliberate, wanton violation and massacre of women and girls, as in a particular ethnic group by an invading army.Compare genocide.
  3. a person who kills a woman: In certain countries, femicides appear to act with impunity.
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Origin of femicide

First recorded in 1820–30; feme + -i- + -cide
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