List of types of killing

In the English language, terms for types of killing often end in the suffix -cide.

Killing of selfEdit

  • Suicide, intentional killing of your self
    • Autocide, suicide by automobile
    • Medicide, a suicide accomplished with the aid of a physician
    • Murder-suicide, a suicide committed immediately after one or more murders
    • Self-immolation, suicide as a form of protest, often by fire
    • Suicide by cop, acting in a threatening manner so as to provoke a lethal response from law enforcement

Killing of other peopleEdit

All of these are considered types of homicide.

Killing of familyEdit

  • Avunculicide – the act of killing an uncle (Latin: avunculus "(maternal) uncle").
  • Familicide – is a multiple-victim homicide where a killer's spouse and children are slain (Latin: familia "family").
  • Filicide – the act of a parent killing their child (Latin: filius "son" and Latin: filia "daughter").
  • Fratricide – the act of killing a brother (Latin: frater "brother"); also, in military context, death by friendly fire.
  • Geronticide – the abandonment of the elderly to die, die by suicide or be killed.
  • Honour killing – the act of murdering a family member 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 husband.
  • Matricide – the act of killing one's mother (Latin: mater "mother").
  • Neonaticide – the act of killing an infant within the first twenty-four hours or month (varies by individual and jurisdiction) of its life.
  • Nepoticide – the act of killing one's nephew.
  • Parricide or parenticide – the killing of one's mother, father, or other close relative.
  • Patricide – the act of killing of one's father (Latin: pater "father").
  • Pedicide – the act of killing a child.
  • 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 (Latin: senex "old man").
  • Siblicide – the killing of an infant individual by its close relatives (full or half siblings).
  • Sororicide – the act of killing one's sister (Latin: soror "sister").
  • Uxoricide – the act of killing one's wife (Latin: uxor "wife").

Killing of othersEdit

  • Amicicide – the act of killing a friend (Latin: amicus "friend")
  • Androcide – the systematic killing of men.
  • Assassination – the act of killing a prominent person for either political, religious, or monetary reasons.
  • Capital punishment – the judicial killing of a human being for crimes.
  • Casualty – death (or injury) in wartime.
  • Collateral damage – deaths during wartime due to imprecise or incorrect targeting or friendly fire.
  • Democide or populicide – the murder of any person or people by a government.
  • Ecocide – the destruction of the natural environment by such activity as war, overexploitation of resources, or pollution.
  • Extrajudicial killing – killing by government forces without due process. See also Targeted killing.
  • Euthanasia or mercy killing – the killing of any being for compassionate reasons; e.g., significant injury or disease.
  • Familiaricide in commutatione eius possessio – the act of killing a family for their property and/or possessions (from Latin: familiaris "of a household"; in commutatione eius "in exchange for"; and possessio "a possession or property").
  • Femicide, gynecide, gynaecide, or gynocide – the systematic killing of women.
  • Feticide – the act of killing a fetus.
  • Gendercide – the systematic killing of members of a specific sex or gender.
  • Genocide – the systematic extermination of an entire national, racial, religious, or ethnic group.
  • Homicide – the act of killing of a person (Latin: homo "man").
  • Justifiable homicide - a defense to culpable homicide (criminal or negligent homicide)
  • Human sacrifice – the killing of a human for sacrificial, often religious, reasons.
  • Massacre, mass murder or Spree killing – the killing of many people.
  • Murder – the malicious and unlawful killing of a human by another human.
  • Manslaughter – murder, but under legally mitigating circumstances.
  • Omnicide – the act of killing all humans, to create intentional extinction of the human species (Latin: omni "all, everyone").
  • Targeted killing – a form of assassination which is carried out by governments against their perceived enemies. See also Extrajudicial killing.
  • Xenocide – the genocide of an entire alien species. Often used in science fiction, one famous example being the novel "Xenocide" by Orson Scott Card.

Killing of superiorsEdit

Killing of animals, disease, and pestsEdit

  • Algaecide – a chemical agent that kills algae
  • Acaricide – a chemical agent that kills mites
  • Avicide – a chemical agent that kills birds
  • Bactericide – a chemical agent that kills bacteria.
  • Biocide – a chemical agent that kills a broad spectrum of living organisms.
  • Fungicide – chemical agents or biological organisms used to kill or inhibit fungi or fungal spores.
  • Germicide – an agent that kills germs, especially pathogenic microorganisms; a disinfectant
  • Herbicide – an agent that kills unwanted plants, a weed killer.
  • Insecticide – an agent that kills unwanted insects.
  • Larvicide (also larvacide) – an insecticide targeted against the larval life stage of an insect.
  • Microbicide – an agent used to kill or reduce the infectiousness of microorganisms.
  • Miticide – a chemical to kill mites.
  • Nemacide (also nematicide, nematocide) – a chemical to eradicate or kill nematodes.
  • Parasiticide – a general term to describe an agent used to destroy parasites.
  • Pediculicide – an agent that kills head lice.
  • Pesticide – a general term to describe an agent used to destroy or repel a pest.
  • Scabicide – a chemical agent for killing scabies.
  • Spermicide – a contraceptive agent to render sperm inert and prevent fertilization.
  • Teniacide (also taeniacide, tenicide)– a chemical agent that kills tape worms.
  • Theriocide - the act of killing sentient animals, especially mammals (Ancient Greek: therion "wild animal, beast")
  • Vermicide – an agent used to kill parasitic intestinal worms.
  • Virucide (also viricide) – an agent capable of destroying or inhibiting viruses.
  • Vulpicide (also vulpecide) – the killing of a fox by methods other than by hunting it with hounds.

Killing of intangiblesEdit

  • Famacide, defamation or slander, the killing of another's reputation
  • Linguicide, intentionally causing the death of a language
  • Urbicide, the destruction of a city or the stifling of urbanisation (urbs is Latin for "city")

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Webster's 1913.