Definition of infanticide noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈfæntɪsaɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfæntɪsaɪd//
    (formal) Types of crime
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the crime of killing a baby; a person who is guilty of this crime These conditions lead to neglect, child abuse, and even infanticide. See related entries: Types of crime
  2. 2[uncountable] (in some cultures) the practice of killing babies that are not wanted, for example because they are girls and not boys See related entries: Types of crime
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: via French from late Latin infanticidium, from Latin infant- (‘unable to speak’, from in- ‘not’ + fant- ‘speaking’) + -cidium (from caedere ‘kill’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: infanticide