Definition of femicide in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfeməˌsīd/ /ˈfɛməˌsaɪd/


  • 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’


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