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. 2018

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.

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


    William Graham Sumner

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


    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


  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
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


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