Definition of filicide in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɪlɪsʌɪd/


[mass noun]
1The killing of one’s son or daughter: maternal filicide
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  • It is not surprising that filicide, the killing of a child by a parent, provokes strong feelings.
  • He claimed that 80% of infant deaths were probably due to recognisable medical causes which doctors had failed to diagnose, while a further one in ten were the result of infanticide or filicide.
  • The very idea of filicide (the murder of a child by a parent) is abhorrent.
1.1 [count noun] A person who kills their son or daughter.


Mid 17th century from Latin filius 'son', filia 'daughter' + -cide.

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