Definition of filicide in English:



mass noun
  • 1The killing of one's son or daughter.

    ‘maternal filicide’
    • ‘The very idea of filicide (the murder of a child by a parent) is abhorrent.’
    • ‘He claimed that 80% of infant deaths were probably due to recognisable medical causes which doctors had failed to diagnose, while a further one in ten were the result of infanticide or filicide.’
    • ‘It becomes clear that filicide is incorporated into his conception of virtue.’
    • ‘In the past 15 years two American doctors have committed double filicide.’
    • ‘Although the Canadian homicide rate in general has declined to its lowest level in 30 years, there has been significant increase in filicides.’
    • ‘As shocking and deeply disturbing as such a crime might be, in reality filicide - the clinical term for child-killing by parents - is not as rare as you might think.’
    • ‘But also, I don't rightly know how you stop mindless filicide; and there's a strong stench of inevitability and an anti-political helplessness hanging over the books.’
    • ‘It is not surprising that filicide, the killing of a child by a parent, provokes strong feelings.’
    • ‘The study included two families in which there were two CONI deaths, one triple SIDS and one triple filicide.’
    • ‘We have known from the outset that a proportion of the deaths were technically filicide.’
    • ‘No, it wasn't this kind of filicide or mother killing her children.’
    murder, taking of life, assassination, homicide, manslaughter, liquidation, elimination, doing to death, putting to death, execution, dispatch, martyrdom
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    1. 1.1count noun A person who kills their son or daughter.


Mid 17th century from Latin filius ‘son’, filia ‘daughter’ + -cide.