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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.

Contents

Killing of self

  • Suicide – intentional killing of self.
    • Autocide – suicide by automobile.
    • Medicide – a suicide accomplished with the aid of a physician
    • Self-immolation – suicide by setting oneself on fire, a form of extreme protest.
    • Suicide by cop – a suicide by acting threatening and inducing law enforcement personnel to shoot one to death.

Killing of family

  • Aborticide – the act of killing a fetus in the womb
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Honor-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.
  • 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.
  • Sororicide – the act of killing one's sister.
  • Uxoricide – the act of killing one's wife.

Killing of others

  • Amicicide – the act of killing a friend.
  • Androcide - the systematic killing of men.
  • Capital punishment – the killing of a human being for odious crimes.
  • Ecocide - the destruction of the natural environment by such activity as war, overexploitation of resources, or pollution
  • Euthanasia (also mercy killing) – the killing of a human 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
  • Human sacrifice – the killing of a human for religious reasons
  • Omnicide – the act of killing all humans, to create intentional extinction of the human species.
  • Populicide – the slaughter of the people.
  • Xenocide – the act of killing an entire alien species

Killing of superiors

  • Deicide – the act of killing a god or divine being
  • Dominicide – the act of killing one's master.
  • Episcopicide – the act of killing a bishop.<ref>Webster's 1913.</ref>
  • Giganticide – the act of killing a giant.
  • Regicide – the act of killing a king.
  • Tyrannicide – the act of killing a tyrant.
  • Vaticide – the act of killing a prophet.

Killing of intangibles

  • 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 urbanization.

Killing of animals, disease, and pests

  • Algaecide – a chemical agent that kills algae
  • Acaricide – a chemical agent that kills mites.
  • Avacide – 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.
  • 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 fleas.
  • 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 repelled 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.
  • Vulpicide (also Vulpecide)- the killing of a fox by methods other than by hunting it with hounds.
  • Virucide (also Viricide) - an agent capable of destroying or inhibiting viruses





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