honor killing

[on-er kil-ing]


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

Contemporary Examples of honor killing

  • Phyllis Chesler makes detailed comparisons that highlight the differences between honor-killing and domestic violence.

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    The Debate Over Aasiya's Murder

    Amy Siskind

    February 22, 2009