ethnic cleansing

noun

Definition of ethnic cleansing

: the expulsion, imprisonment, or killing of an ethnic minority by a dominant majority in order to achieve ethnic homogeneity

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Fifty years later, Sarajevo’s own celebrated convivencia was ripped apart by ethnic cleansing during the Bosnian War. David Degner, Smithsonian, "Two Tour Guides—One Israeli, One Palestinian—Offer a New Way to See the Holy Land," 9 July 2019 In Myanmar, where a campaign of ethnic cleansing has forced an exodus of most of the country’s Muslims, Buddhist monks still warn of an Islamic invasion, even though less than 5 percent of the national population is Muslim. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "‘Our Duty to Fight’: The Rise of Militant Buddhism," 8 July 2019 Dunn-Koczorowski’s posts included support for Anders Breivik, the Norwegian far-right terrorist who killed 77 people in 2011, and material threatening the ethnic cleansing of Albanians. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Bloody picture of Prince Harry leads to jail for computer science student," 19 June 2019 Abkhazia, a separatist region in far-western Georgia whose main agricultural export is hazelnuts, has seen its share of dark times, including war and ethnic cleansing. Taylor Weidman, National Geographic, "Invasion of the stink bugs: how a tiny insect roils global communities," 14 May 2019 Before his assassination, Kahane advocated the ethnic cleansing of Arabs out of Israel and the criminalizing of intermarriage between Jews and Arabs. Batya Ungar-sargon, The New York Review of Books, "A Palestinian in Israeli Military Court: Issa Amro, the Judge, & Me," 17 June 2019 Your most paranoid fantasy about where the ethnic cleansing of the rock radio could ultimately lead. Corbin Reiff, Billboard, "The Chicago White Sox's Attempt to Commemorate Disco Demolition Night Was an Exceptionally Misguided Exercise," 14 June 2019 The military campaign against Yugoslavia began on March 24, 1999, with British and U.S. using airstrikes attempting to curb an ethnic cleansing campaign by the Yugoslavian government. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "20 Years After Kosovo: How a War in the Balkans Changed the U.S. Air Force Forever," 28 May 2019 The scale, organization and ferocity of the operation led to accusations from the international community, including the United Nations, of ethnic cleansing and even genocide. Julhas Alam, The Seattle Times, "Bangladesh official: Rohingya repatriation ready to begin," 14 Nov. 2018

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1991, in the meaning defined above

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ethnic cleansing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ethnic cleansing

: the practice of removing or killing people who belong to an ethnic group that is different from the ruling group in a country or region

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