infanticide

[in-fan-tuh-sahyd]
noun
1.
the act of killing an infant.
2.
the practice of killing newborn infants.
3.
a person who kills an infant.

Origin:
1650–60; (def 1) < Late Latin infanticīdium; (def 2) < Late Latin infanticīda. See infant, -i-, -cide

infanticidal, adjective
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infanticide (ɪnˈfæntɪˌsaɪd)
 
n
1.  the killing of an infant
2.  the practice of killing newborn infants, still prevalent in some primitive tribes
3.  a person who kills an infant
 
infanti'cidal
 
adj

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

  1. The act of killing an infant.

  2. The practice of killing newborns.

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