n. To kill a new or unusual idea.

Example Citation:
(or how to kill participatory collaboration)
—Anne Hardy & Marilyn Pratt, “The Life and Death Of Innovation Communities,” TEDxBayArea Women, December 11, 2010

Earliest Citation:
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.

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