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A modern dictionary of 5,679 Catholic terms (including abbreviations), both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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BIOCIDE

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Destruction of life as the result of an unreasoning drive to kill. sometimes put forth as an explanation of the massive destruction of human life in modern times, whether by war, legalized abortion, or euthanasia. (Etym. Greek bios, life+ Latin I -cidium, a killing.)