The suffix ‘cide’ is being applied increasingly, beyond the obvious suicide, patricide and regicide. ‘A shoeicide bomber’ had explosive footwear, while ‘suitorcide’ is destroying one’s chances with a potential mate, ‘liberticide’ is the crushing of a freedom and ‘innovicide’ is restricting new ideas.
—John Hind, “What’s the word?: Pestercide n. death by juvenile nagging,”
The Observer, August 17, 2003
The suffix "-cide" comes from the Latin suffix "-cida", which means "to kill". In today's word, this suffix is blended with "innovation" to give the definition above. There are many other "-cide" words in English, including such death industry standards as "suicide", "homicide", and "genocide". Here are a few unusual variations on this theme:
facticide: To kill facts (i.e., distort the truth). menticide: To kill the mind, as in a brainwashing. suitorcide: To do something that kills your chances with a potential mate. tomecide: To kill books, as in a book burning. liberticide: To reduce or remove freedoms.
Thanks to John K. Mackenzie for suggesting this word.