[ in-fan-tuh-sahyd ]
/ ɪnˈfæn təˌsaɪd /


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

OTHER WORDS FROM infanticide

in·fan·ti·cid·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for infanticide

/ (ɪnˈfæntɪˌsaɪd) /


the killing of an infant
the practice of killing newborn infants, still prevalent in some primitive tribes
a person who kills an infant

Derived forms of infanticide

infanticidal, adjective
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Medical definitions for infanticide

[ ĭn-făntĭ-sīd′ ]


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