List of types of killing

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

Killing of self[edit]

  • Suicide, intentional killing of 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 people[edit]

All of these are considered types of homicide.

Killing of family[edit]

  • Avunculicide - the act of killing an uncle. (Avunculus being Latin for uncle, specifically a maternal uncle)
  • Familicide – is a multiple-victim homicide where a killer's spouse and children are slain.(Familia being Latin for family)
  • Filicide – the act of a parent killing their child. (Filius being Latin for son.)
  • Fratricide – the act of killing a brother, also in military context death by friendly fire. (Frater being Latin for brother)
  • Geronticide – the abandonment of the elderly to die, commit suicide or be killed. See also Senicide.
  • 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 husband.
  • Matricide – the act of killing one's mother. (Mater being Latin for 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 – (also parenticide) the killing of one's mother or father or other close relative.
  • Patricide – the act of killing of one's father. (Pater being Latin for 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. (Senex being Latin for 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.(Soror being Latin for sister)
  • Uxoricide – the act of killing one's wife (Uxor being Latin for wife)

Killing of others[edit]

  • Amicicide – the act of killing a friend. ("Amicus" being Latin for friend)
  • Androcide – the systematic killing of men.
  • Capital punishment – the judicial killing of a human being for crimes.
  • Casualty (person) – death (or injury) in wartime.
  • Collateral damage – Deaths during wartime due to imprecise or incorrect targeting or friendly fire
  • Democide – 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
  • Euthanasia (also known as "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 "familiaris" being Latin for of a household,"in commutatione eius" being Latin for in exchange for, and "possessio" being Latin for a possession or property)
  • Femicide (also 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. ("Homo" being Latin for man)
  • Justifiable homicide
  • Human sacrifice – the killing of a human for sacrificial, often religious, reasons.
  • Massacre or mass murder – 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. ("Omni" meaning all)
  • Populicide – see Democide above.
  • 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 superiors[edit]

Killing of animals, disease, and pests[edit]

  • 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.
  • Canicide – the killing of dogs. (Canis being Latin for dog)
  • 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.
  • 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 intangibles[edit]

  • 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 also[edit]


  1. ^ Webster's 1913.