Infanticide

Infanticide(noun)-

(1) the act of killing an infant.
(2) the practice of killing newborn infants.
(3) a person who kills an infant.

 

These vocabulary words was written in towards the ending of chapter twenty six of “Beloved” by Toni Morrison.

The Society managed to turn infanticide and the cry of savagery around, and build a further case for abolishing slavery.

After splitting the word into two, you are able to figure the definition of the word. The first part of the word in “infant” which means baby. The second part of the word “icide” which can be related to suicide which means killing. You can come to the conclusion that the vocabulary word means killing an infant.

Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/infanticide?s=t

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