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

First Known Use of ethnic cleansing

1991


ETHNIC CLEANSING Defined for English Language Learners

ethnic cleansing

noun

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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