Types Of Killing # IELTS Vocabulary

When talking about killings and murders, often people either use the word suicide or murder, no matter what. However, English provides us with a range of vocabulary words to be used in each specific case. Let us have a look at them –

 Suicide intentional killing of oneself
 Medicide  suicide accomplished with the aid of a physician
 Autocide  suicide by automobile
 Murder-suicide  a suicide committed immediately after one or more murders
 Self-immolation   suicide by setting oneself on fire, a form of extreme protest.
 Avunculicide   the act of killing an uncle
 Familicide  a multiple-victim homicide where a killer’s spouse and children are slain.
 Filicide   the act of a parent killing his or her son or daughter
 Fratricide   the act of killing a brother, also in military context death by friendly fire
 Geronticide  the abandonment of the elderly to die, commit suicide or be killed
 Honour killing  the act of killing a family member who has or was perceived to have brought disgrace to the family
 Infanticide   the act of killing a child within the first year of its life.
 Mariticide  the act of killing one’s spouse, especially the murder of a husband by his wife
 Matricide  the act of killing one’s mother
 Neonaticide   the act of killing an infant within the first twenty-four hours or month
 Nepoticide  the act of killing one’s nephew
 Parricide  the killing of one’s mother or father or other close relative
 Patricide   the act of killing of one’s father.
 Prolicide  the act of killing one’s own children.
 Senicide   the killing of one’s elderly family members when they can no longer work or become a burden
 Sororicide  the act of killing one’s sister
 Uxoricide  the act of killing one’s wife


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