- the killing of a relative, especially a female relative, as retribution for the perceived dishonoring of the family, as dictated or sanctioned by some cultures and religions.
Origin of honor killing
First recorded in 1925–30
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Examples from the Web for honor killing
Phyllis Chesler makes detailed comparisons that highlight the differences between honor-killing and domestic violence.The Debate Over Aasiya's Murder
February 22, 2009