One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The killing of a woman or girl, in particular by a man and on account of her gender.‘we are very concerned with the high level of femicide in our country’count noun ‘they put pressure on the police to end the femicides’
- ‘The discovery of the pregnant teenager's body has caused nationwide protests of thousands against femicide.’
- ‘The EU will commit to support initiatives against gender-based violence and femicide.’
- ‘He failed to adequately address the problem of femicide while he was in office.’
- ‘The campaign was directly initiated by a shocking and devastating increase in femicide since the beginning of the year.’
- ‘The governing political party's women's wing is picketing "against the high rate of femicide".’
- ‘WHO also notes that pregnant women are generally at a higher risk of intimate partner femicide.’
- ‘The president has announced the approval of a new law to combat femicide.’
- ‘Research has found that previous arrest of the abuser is associated with decreased risk of femicide.’
- ‘His actions have not been recognised as an escalation of domestic abuse that culminated in another case of femicide.’
- ‘Femicide has been on the rise.’
Early 19th century: from Latin femina ‘woman’ + -cide, after homicide, originally in simple sense ‘the killing of a woman’.
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