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[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
Related forms
infanticidal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for infanticide
  • Your article on infanticide illustrates how silly evolutionary explanations of human behavior have become.
  • infanticide by incoming males is common in other species.
  • She helped win acceptance for selfish-gene interpretations of infanticide among primates, including humans.
  • They have even been observed in recurring acts of infanticide.
  • The biologists agree that infanticide by subordinate females may occur in a larger number of species than has been reported.
  • infanticide is also common in some dolphin populations.
  • The prosecutor's accusation was infanticide by strangling.
  • We do not permit prisoners on hunger strike to refuse sustenance, nor parents of mentally impaired children to commit infanticide.
  • Parental neglect has, in fact, turned into infanticide.
  • infanticide is a contributor and gets little coverage.
British Dictionary definitions for infanticide


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
infanticidal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for infanticide

1650s, "the killing of infants;" 1670s, "one who kills an infant," from infant + -cide.

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infanticide in Medicine

infanticide in·fan·ti·cide (ĭn-fān'tĭ-sīd')

  1. The act of killing an infant.

  2. The practice of killing newborns.

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