eco·​cide | \ ˈē-kə-ˌsīd How to pronounce ecocide (audio) , ˈe-, -(ˌ)kō- \

Definition of ecocide

: the destruction of large areas of the natural environment as a consequence of human activity

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ecocidal \ ˌē-​kə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl How to pronounce ecocide (audio) , ˌe-​ , -​(ˌ)kō-​ \ adjective

Examples of ecocide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In November last year a group of international lawyers set about formally defining ecocide. The Economist, "What’s in a name? Is it time for “ecocide” to become an international crime?," 28 Feb. 2021 Advocates of ecocide believe the law could do something similar. Mélissa Godin, Time, "Lawyers Are Working to Put 'Ecocide' on Par with War Crimes. Could an International Law Hold Major Polluters to Account?," 19 Feb. 2021 The story of that ecocide is narrated in the Mahabharata, an epic which commences with a great sacrifice conducted by Emperor Janmejaya. Girish Shahane, Quartz India, "The Amazon fires have a 3,000-year-old parallel in the Indian epic Mahabharata," 30 Aug. 2019 Past ecocides Delhi and its surroundings, indeed the entire Indo-Gangetic plain, were once covered with forests, which were cleared by agriculturalists employing fire and iron. Girish Shahane, Quartz India, "The Amazon fires have a 3,000-year-old parallel in the Indian epic Mahabharata," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of ecocide

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ecocide

eco- + -cide

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The first known use of ecocide was in 1969

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10 Mar 2021

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“Ecocide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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