the act of killing an infant.
the practice of killing newborn infants.
a person who kills an infant.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for infanticide

Contemporary Examples of infanticide

Historical Examples of infanticide

  • In fact, infanticide is said to be known only in four or five provinces.

  • Abortion and infanticide are two customs which have the same character and purpose.


    William Graham Sumner

  • Infanticide was very uncommon, but abandonment (foundlings) took its place.


    William Graham Sumner

  • The crime of fœticide, or infanticide, is not of recent growth.

  • In my opinion there would have been a case of infanticide in our family.

British Dictionary definitions for infanticide



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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

infanticide in Medicine




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