filicide

[ fil-uh-sahyd ]
/ ˈfɪl əˌsaɪd /

noun

a person who kills his or her son or daughter.
the act of killing one's son or daughter: Ancient myth contains numerous examples of filicide.

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Origin of filicide

1655–65; < Latin fīli(us) son (fīli(a) daughter) + -cide

OTHER WORDS FROM filicide

fil·i·cid·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for filicide

filicide
/ (ˈfɪlɪˌsaɪd) /

noun

the act of killing one's own son or daughter
a person who does this

Derived forms of filicide

filicidal, adjective

Word Origin for filicide

C17: from Latin fīlius son or fīlia daughter + -cide
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