genocide


geno·cide

noun \ˈje-nə-ˌsīd\

: the deliberate killing of people who belong to a particular racial, political, or cultural group

Full Definition of GENOCIDE

:  the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group
geno·cid·al \ˌje-nə-ˈsī-dəl\ adjective

First Known Use of GENOCIDE

1944

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

geno·cide

noun \ˈjen-ə-ˌsīd\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of GENOCIDE

: the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group—compare homicide
geno·cid·al \ˌjen-ə-ˈsīd-əl\ adjective

genocide

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, religious, political, or ethnic group. The term was coined by Raphael Lemkin, a Polish-born jurist who served as an adviser to the U.S. Department of War during World War II, to describe the premeditated effort to destroy a population (see Holocaust). In 1946 the UN General Assembly declared genocide a punishable crime. By this declaration, genocide by definition may be committed by an individual, group, or government, against one's own people or another, in peacetime or in wartime. This last point distinguishes genocide from “crimes against humanity,” whose legal definition specifies wartime. Suspects may be tried by a court in the country where the act was committed or by an international court (see International Criminal Court). An example of genocide more recent than the Holocaust is the slaughter of Tutsi people by the Hutu in Rwanda in the 1990s.

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