infanticide


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in·fan·ti·cide

 (ĭn-făn′tĭ-sīd′)
n.
1. The act of killing an infant.
2. The practice of killing newborn infants.
3. One who kills an infant.

[Late Latin īnfanticīdium, the killing of a child and īnfanticīda, killer of a child : Latin īnfāns, īnfant-, infant; see infant + Latin -cīdium and -cīda, -cide.]

in·fan′ti·cid′al (-sīd′l) adj.

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
inˌfantiˈcidal adj

in•fan•ti•cide

(ɪnˈfæn təˌsaɪd)

n.
1. the act of killing an infant.
2. a person who kills an infant.
[1650–60; < Late Latin]
in•fan`ti•cid′al, adj.

infanticide

1. the murder of infants.
2. a person who kills infants. — infanticidal, adj.
See also: Killing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.infanticide - a person who murders an infant
liquidator, manslayer, murderer - a criminal who commits homicide (who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being)
2.infanticide - murdering an infant
murder, slaying, execution - unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
Translations
infanmurdo
lapsenmurha
čedomorstvočedoubojstvo

infanticide

[ɪnˈfæntɪsaɪd] N
1. (= act) → infanticidio m
2. (= person) → infanticida mf

infanticide

[ɪnˈfæntɪsaɪd] ninfanticide m

infanticide

nKindesmord m, → Kindestötung f; (= person)Kindesmörder(in) m(f)

infanticide

[ɪnˈfæntɪsaɪd] ninfanticidio

in·fan·ti·cide

n. infanticidio.
References in classic literature ?
They practice infanticide, and kill the aged and physically unfit.
The ratio of increase among all the Polynesian nations is very small; and in some places as yet uncorrupted by intercourse with Europeans, the births would appear not very little to outnumber the deaths; the population in such instances remaining nearly the same for several successive generations, even upon those islands seldom or never desolated by wars, and among people with whom the crime of infanticide is altogether unknown.
They forget, or will not remember, that human sacrifices, and the power of an idolatrous priesthood -- a system of profligacy unparalleled in any other part of the world -- infanticide a consequence of that system -- bloody wars, where the conquerors spared neither women nor children -- that all these have been abolished; and that dishonesty, intemperance, and licentiousness have been greatly reduced by the introduction of Christianity.
Suzanne took the bag and departed, after allowing the old bachelor to kiss her, which he did with an air that seemed to say, "It is a right which costs me dear; but it is better than being harried by a lawyer in the court of assizes as the seducer of a girl accused of infanticide.
Nelson does die in the instant of victory; and a man named Williams does quite accidentally murder a man named Williamson; it sounds like a sort of infanticide.
Infanticide has been part of the criminal law of Canada for over 60 years but no appellate court in Canada had ever before reviewed the infanticide provisions in the Criminal Code of Canada.
We learn that infanticide not only occurs within groups, but will be used by adult males in a neighboring community to bring females to their stronger group, where their infants will be safer from infanticide.
LONDON, June 15, 2011 (Balochistan Times): The high number of female foeticide, infanticide and human trafficking prevalent in Pakistan has placed it as the third while India as the fourth most dangerous place for women in the world, according to a British survey published on Wednesday.
Maguire has examined a large body of infanticide cases tried in the Central Criminal Court and Circuit Courts.
In the fall, LEAF intervened in an appeal court trial to offer its feminist perspective on the ongoing relevance and importance of infanticide as a homicide offence that is separate and distinct from murder.
BEHAVIORAL COUNTER-STRATEGIES AGAINST INFANTICIDE IN CORN MOUSE FEMALES, Calomys musculinus
Pregnancy denial acts in infanticide cases much as a psychotic state that drives someone to kill another person does.