List of types of killing

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This is a list of types of killing. 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 by setting oneself on fire, a form of extreme protest.
    • Suicide by cop[citation needed]– a suicide by acting threateningly, thereby inducing law enforcement personnel to shoot one to death.

Killing of family[edit]

  • Avunculicide - the act of killing an uncle.
  • Familicide - is a multiple-victim homicide where a killer's spouse and children are slain.
  • Feticide (or foeticide) - the act of killing a fetus in the uterus or causing an abortion
  • Filicide – the act of a parent killing his or her son or daughter. ("filius" being Latin for son)
  • 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. 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 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 (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.
  • 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)
  • Sororicide – the act of killing one's 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 odious crimes.
  • 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
  • Euthanasia (also mercy killing) – the killing of any being for compassionate reasons i.e. significant injury or disease.
  • Femicide (also Gynecide, Gynaecide, or Gynocide) – the systematic killing of women
  • Gendercide - the systematic killing of members of a specific sex, either males or females
  • 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)
  • Human sacrifice – the killing of a human for religious reasons
  • Murder - the malicious and unlawful killing of a human by another human
  • Omnicide – the act of killing all humans, to create intentional extinction of the human species. ("omni" meaning all)
  • Paedocide - the act of killing a child or children.
  • Populicide – the slaughter of the people.

Killing of superiors[edit]

Giganticide: David hoists the severed head of Goliath.

Killing of intangibles[edit]

  • Chronocide – the killing or wasting of time
  • Famacide – the killing of another's reputation, a slander.
  • Liberticide – the destruction of liberties.
  • Urbicide – the destruction of a city or the stifling of an urbanisation. ("urbs" being Latin for city)
  • Linguicide – intentionally causing the death of a language

Killing of animals, disease, and pests[edit]

  • Algaecide – a chemical agent that kills algae
  • Acaricide – a chemical agent that kills mites.
  • Ariecide – the killing of a ram
  • 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)[2]
  • Cervicide – the killing of deer.
  • Ceticide – the killing of whales.
  • Culicide – a chemical agent that kills mosquitos.
  • Felicide – the killing of cats
  • 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
  • Gonocide (also Gonococcicide) – an agent that kills the bacterium causing gonorrhea
  • 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.
  • Lupicide – The killing of wolves.
  • Microbicide – an agent used to kill or reduce the infectivity of microorganisms.
  • Muscicide – an agent that kills flies.
  • Nemacide (also Nematicide, Nematocide) – a chemical to eradicate or kill nematodes.
  • Ovacide – an agent that kills eggs of an organism particular a pest i.e. lice eggs.
  • 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 an unwanted pest.
  • Pulicicide (also Pulicide) – an agent that kills fleas.
  • Raticide – an agent for killing rats.
  • Scabicide – a chemical agent for killing scabies.
  • Spermicide – a contraceptive agent to render sperm inert and prevent fertilization.
  • Tauricide – the killing of bulls or steers.
  • Teniacide (also Taeniacide, Tenicide)– a chemical agent that kills tape worms.
  • Vermicide - an agent used to kill parasitic intestinal worms.
  • Vespacide – a chemical agent that kills wasps.
  • 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.


  1. ^ Webster's 1913.
  2. ^ "canicide". Wictionary. Retrieved 18 September 2014.