ethnic cleansing

noun
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

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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1991

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ETHNIC CLEANSING Defined for English Language Learners

ethnic cleansing

Definition of ethnic cleansing for English Language Learners

  • : 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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