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November 24, 2011

Killing and Killers


Killing and Killers
Anyone who has looked at the news lately knows that the human species seems to have an inordinate propensity for killing things. Similarly, anyone looking at this list of 85 terms relating to killing will quickly realize that humans also have an inordinate propensity for making up words about killing things. All of these words end in 'cide', from Latin caedere, to kill. However, some of them refer exclusively to the act of killing a specific thing (e.g. herbicide) while others can refer alternately to the act itself or to the person performing the act (e.g. homicide). Of all of these, though, perhaps the greatest crime of all is verbicide, the brutal slaughter of our language by incompetents and ignoramuses. Will the atrocities never end? Also check out my list of fighting words - those ending in "machy".

Word
 Definition
Aborticide
killing of a fetus; abortion
Acaricide
killer of mites and ticks
Algicide
killer of algae
Amicicide
murder of a friend
Aphicide
killer of aphids
Aphidicide
killer of aphids
Avicide
killing of birds
Bacillicide
killer of bacteria
Bactericide
killer of bacteria
Biocide
killing living material
Bovicide
slaughter of cattle; one who kills cattle
Ceticide
killing of whales and other cetaceans
Cimicide
substance used to kill bed-bugs
Deicide
destruction or killing of a god
Ecocide
destruction of the environment
Episcopicide
killing of bishops
Famicide
one who destroys another's reputation; slanderer
Felicide
killing of a cat
Femicide
killing of a woman
Feticide
killing of a fetus
Filicide
killing of one's own child
Floricide
killing or killer of flowers
Foeticide
killing a fetus
Formicide
substance that kills ants
Fratricide
killing of one's brother
Fungicide
killing of fungus
Genocide
killing of a race or ethnic group
Germicide
substance that kills germs
Giganticide
killing of a giant
Gynaecide
killing of women
Herbicide
killing of plants
Hereticide
killing of heretics
Homicide
killing of a human being
Infanticide
killing of an infant
Insecticide
killing of insects
Larvicide
killing of larvae
Liberticide
destruction of liberty
Lupicide
killing of a wolf
Mariticide
killing or killer of one's husband
Matricide
killing of one's mother
Menticide
reduction of mind by psychological pressure
Microbicide
killing or killer of microbes
Miticide
agent which kills mites
Molluscicide
killing of mollusks
Muscicide
substance for killing flies
Neonaticide
killing or killer of a newborn infant
Ovicide
killing insect eggs
Ovicide
sheep-killing
Parasiticide
killing of parasites
Parasuicide
harmful act appearing to be an attempt at suicide
Parenticide
killing or killer of one's parents
Parricide
killing of parents or a parent-like close relative
Patricide
killing of one's father
Perdricide
killer of partridges
Pesticide
killing of pests
Prolicide
killing of offspring; killing of the human race
Pulicide
flea-killer
Raticide
substance or person who kills rats
Regicide
killing of a monarch
Rodenticide
killing of rodents
Senicide
killing of old men
Serpenticide
killing or killer of a snake
Siblicide
killing or killer of a sibling
Silvicide
substance that kills trees
Sororicide
killing of one's own sister
Speciocide
destruction of an entire species
Spermicide
killing of sperm
Sporicide
killing of spores
Suicide
killing of oneself
Taeniacide
killing of tapeworms
Tauricide
killing or killer of a bull
Trypanocide
killing of trypanosomes
Tyrannicide
killing or killer of a tyrant
Urbicide
destruction of a city
Ursicide
killing or killer of a bear
Utricide
one who stabs an inflated skin vessel instead of killing someone
Uxoricide
killing of one's own wife
Vaticide
killing or killer of a prophet
Verbicide
destroying the meaning of a word
Vermicide
killing of worms
Vespacide
substance or person who kills wasps
Viricide
killing of viruses; killing of men or of husbands
Virucide
killing of viruses
Vulpicide
killing of a fox
Weedicide
something that kills weeds

I hope you have found this site to be useful. If you have any corrections, additions, or comments, please contact me. Please note that I am not able to respond to all requests. Please consult a major dictionary before e-mailing your query.





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