Meaning of femicide in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɛmɪsʌɪd/


mass noun
  • 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’
    • ‘they put pressure on the police to end the femicides’
    • ‘Femicide has been on the rise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The president has announced the approval of a new law to combat femicide.’
    • ‘The campaign was directly initiated by a shocking and devastating increase in femicide since the beginning of the year.’
    • ‘His actions have not been recognised as an escalation of domestic abuse that culminated in another case of femicide.’
    • ‘He failed to adequately address the problem of femicide while he was in office.’
    • ‘The governing political party's women's wing is picketing "against the high rate of femicide".’
    • ‘Research has found that previous arrest of the abuser is associated with decreased risk of femicide.’
    • ‘WHO also notes that pregnant women are generally at a higher risk of intimate partner femicide.’


Early 19th century from Latin femina ‘woman’ + -cide, after homicide, originally in simple sense ‘the killing of a woman’.