blood diamond

noun

Definition of blood diamond

:a diamond sold to fund violent insurrection in the region from which it is mined
  • The minister [Peter Hain] also called for a boycott of diamonds from rebel sources in Sierra Leone and other countries where they were being used to finance civil wars in other parts of Africa. He said: “Someone going into a jewellery shop should insist that what they are buying is not a blood diamond but a clean diamond.”
  • —Kim Sengupta, The Independent (London)23 May 2000
  • The feds have long suspected it has profited from blood diamonds out of Africa …
  • —Nathan VardiForbes14 Aug. 2006
  • We argued bitterly, Przemek denouncing engagement as a vulgarly commercialized American custom—I think he even made reference to the blood diamonds of Burundi …
  • VogueFebruary 2006
called also conflict diamond

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First Known Use of blood diamond

1999


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