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.

Nearby words

  1. filially,
  2. filiate,
  3. filiation,
  4. filibeg,
  5. filibuster,
  6. filiform,
  7. filiform bougie,
  8. filiform papilla,
  9. filigrain,
  10. filigree

Origin of filicide

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

Related formsfil·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 Formsfilicidal, adjective

Word Origin for filicide

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

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Word Origin and History for filicide

filicide

n.

1660s, "action of killing a son or daughter," from Latin filius/filia "son/daughter" (see filial) + -cide. Meaning "one who kills a son or daughter" is from 1823. Related: Filicidal.

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