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INFANTICIDE

Child murder. Distinguished from direct abortion, which is also murder, by the fact that the child is already born, alive, and then deliberately put to death. (Etym. Latin infans, a young child, a babe; literally, not yet able to speak + -cidium, killing: infanticidium.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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