crime against humanity

noun phrase

Definition of crime against humanity

: atrocity (such as extermination or enslavement) that is directed especially against an entire population or part of a population on specious grounds and without regard to individual guilt or responsibility even on such grounds

First Known Use of crime against humanity

1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crime against humanity was in 1878

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“Crime against humanity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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crime against humanity

crime against hu·​man·​i·​ty

Legal Definition of crime against humanity

: an inhumane act (as enslavement) committed against civilians before or during a war for which criminal liability is imposed by a domestic or international tribunal — see also war crime

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