Definition of dowry death in English:

Share this entry

dowry death

Entry from US English dictionary

noun

(In South Asia) the murder or suicide of a married woman caused by a dispute over her dowry.
Example sentences
  • He is pained by every report of dowry death in newspapers wherever he is located and feels that his mission is incomplete.
  • Whether it is honour killings, dowry deaths or defacement, the motivation is identical - the desire to assert power, full control, over another person.
  • We talk of the numbers of victims - so many rapes per day, so many dowry deaths in a year, so many cases of female infanticide, instead of citing statistics about the perpetrators of these crimes.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: dow·ry death

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.