from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who kills his or her own son, or more generally, child.
  • n. The killing of one's own child.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of murdering a son or a daughter; also, parent who commits such a murder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who kills his or her son or daughter.
  • n. The killing of one's son or one's daughter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the murder of your own son or daughter
  • n. a parent who murders his own son or daughter


Derived from Latin filius meaning "son" + English -cide (Wiktionary)


  • And there ` s something called filicide which discusses a parent killing a child.

    CNN Transcript Mar 3, 2009

  • When a parent also takes his or her own life, the phenomenon is called filicide-suicide. - top

  • And in fact, there are statistics that show about 200 mothers engage in this filicide which is what we call murdering of the child.

    CNN Transcript Jan 30, 2009

  • But mothers, too, commit "filicide" for all kinds of motives dark and strange or sometimes banal.

    Motherhood And Murder

  • REID: No, it wasn't this kind of filicide or mother killing her children.

    CNN Transcript Apr 5, 2004

  • At times, these internal or external stimuli affecting an animal's instinctive impulses result in cases of animal "filicide," "cannibalism" and "homosexuality."


  • Befides y to murder one's own reputation, is a kind of filicide,

    The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling

  • "A jury must either convict a mother who has committed altruistic filicide with all the stigma and ramifications that come with the conviction or they must...cut her a break and find her insane despite the evidence to the contrary."

    Mercy Killing Defense Claim Will Be Tested

  • Ms. Jordan's team has asked a judge to let it proceed with an "altruistic filicide" defense against charges she fed her son, Jude, a fatal cocktail of pills in a $2,300-a-night Midtown hotel room in February 2010.

    Mercy Killing Defense Claim Will Be Tested

  • In court papers, lead prosecutor Kerry O'Connell has called the altruistic filicide defense "hollow" and an attempt "to execute an end-run" around the fact that Ms. Jordan couldn't satisfy the elements of other legally permissible homicide defenses, such as duress.

    Mercy Killing Defense Claim Will Be Tested

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