Main definitions of genericide in English

: genericide1genericide2

genericide1

noun

mass nounLaw
  • The process by which a brand name loses its distinctive identity as a result of being used to refer to any product or service of its kind.

    ‘chances are, your home abounds with registered trademarks that have fallen prey to genericide’

Origin

1970s: from generic + -cide (the inference probably being that the brand name is destroyed or impaired by becoming generic).

Pronunciation

genericide

/dʒɪˈnɛrɪsʌɪd/

Main definitions of genericide in English

: genericide1genericide2

genericide2

noun

mass nounLaw
  • The process by which a brand name loses its distinctive identity as a result of being used to refer to any product or service of its kind. [Trademark registration can be revoked by law if a brand is judged to have lost its distinctive identity.]

Origin

1970s; earliest use found in The Wisconsin State Journal. From gener- + -icide.

Pronunciation

genericide

/dʒɪˈnɛrɪsʌɪd/