Entry from US English dictionary
(In South Asia) the murder or suicide of a married woman caused by a dispute over her dowry.
- 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.
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Syllabification: dow·ry death
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