femicide

femicide

[fem-uh-sahyd]
noun
1.
the act of killing a woman, as by a domestic partner or a member of a criminal enterprise: The rate of femicide where there is drug trafficking is far greater than it is elsewhere.
2.
the deliberate, wanton violation and massacre of women and girls, as in a particular ethnic group by an invading army. Compare genocide.
3.
a person who kills a woman: In certain countries, femicides appear to act with impunity.

Origin:
1820–30; feme + -i- + -cide

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Main Entry:  femicide
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the killing of a female; one who kills a female
Etymology:  femi- 'female'
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