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  1. the act of killing an infant.
  2. the practice of killing newborn infants.
  3. a person who kills an infant.
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Origin of infanticide

1650–60; (def 1) < Late Latin infanticīdium; (def 2) < Late Latin infanticīda. See infant, -i-, -cide
Related formsin·fan·ti·cid·al, adjective
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Historical Examples of infanticidal

  • But, fortunately, Augustus had heard portions of it, and the imperial veto overpowered the poet's infanticidal desire.

    Vanishing Roads and Other Essays

    Richard Le Gallienne

  • Sentence pronounced by the judge of Savigny on Jan. 1457, condemning to death an infanticidal sow.

British Dictionary definitions for infanticidal


  1. the killing of an infant
  2. the practice of killing newborn infants, still prevalent in some primitive tribes
  3. a person who kills an infant
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Derived Formsinfanticidal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for infanticidal



1650s, "the killing of infants;" 1670s, "one who kills an infant," from infant + -cide.

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infanticidal in Medicine


  1. The act of killing an infant.
  2. The practice of killing newborns.
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