terracide

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin Latin terra (the world) +‎ -cide

Noun[edit]

terracide (plural terracides)

  1. The destruction of a planet or of natural ecosystems.
    • 1993, Arthur C. Clarke, The Hammer of God, Bantam Spectra (1994), ISBN 9780553568714, pages 190:
      Months earlier the Elders of Chrislam had identified the Reborn saboteurs and handed them over to ASTROPOL, but they had stubbornly refused to defend themselves. There was also another problem: where could one find an unprejudiced jury? Certainly not on Earth, and probably not even on Mars.
      Moreover, what was a suitable sentence for terracide?
    • 1998, Daniel C. Maguire & Larry L. Rasmussen, Ethics for a Small Planet: New Horizons on Population, Consumption, and Ecology, State University of New York Press (1998), ISBN 9780791436455, back cover blurb:
      The sense of the sacred is presented here as the nucleus of the good and the only force that can bring about the lifestyle changes and power reallocations that are necessary to prevent terracide.
    • 2013, Andrea Wright, Greenstone Rising, FriesenPress (2013), ISBN 9781460204115, unnumbered page:
      He hoped for a day when terracide, the death of the planet, was no longer possible, where the grim pendulum of global warming and global dimming was swinging the other way.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.