genocide

noun
geno·​cide | \ ˈje-nə-ˌsīd How to pronounce genocide (audio) \

Definition of genocide

: the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group

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Other Words from genocide

genocidal \ ˌje-​nə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl How to pronounce genocide (audio) \ adjective

Examples of genocide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Saturday, about 100 people of Hazara descent who have settled in the San Diego area demonstrated outside the County Administration Center to call for the formal recognition of Hazara genocide. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 June 2021 The Holocaust — the systematic genocide of Jews and other minority groups in Europe by Adolf Hitler’s German government in World War II — remains part of the curriculum in California. Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2021 But last week, more than 100 years after the violence occurred, the European country finally acknowledged that its actions constituted genocide. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 June 2021 But if genocide apologizers are having an active year, genocidaires are even busier. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 31 May 2021 Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic was placed in a UN detention unit in the Netherlands to await trial on genocide charges. BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2021 But there are other complex reasons this genocide fell into obscurity. New York Times, 28 May 2021 Stories about the larger-than-life woman who immigrated to the United States from Nigeria—a survivor of both polio and the Igbo genocide during the 1960s—feature prominently in many of Aduba’s press appearances. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, 22 May 2021 In that sudden transformation from looming genocide to military triumph, American Jews rallied behind the Jewish state as never before -- with unprecedented cash donations and public demonstrations. Samuel G. Freedman, CNN, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of genocide

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for genocide

geno- + -cide

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The first known use of genocide was in 1944

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9 Jun 2021

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“Genocide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genocide. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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genocide

noun

English Language Learners Definition of genocide

: the deliberate killing of people who belong to a particular racial, political, or cultural group

genocide

noun
geno·​cide | \ ˈjen-ə-ˌsīd How to pronounce genocide (audio) \

Medical Definition of genocide

: the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group — compare homicide

Other Words from genocide

genocidal \ ˌjen-​ə-​ˈsīd-​ᵊl How to pronounce genocide (audio) \ adjective

genocide

noun
geno·​cide | \ ˈje-nə-ˌsīd How to pronounce genocide (audio) \

Legal Definition of genocide

: acts committed with intent to partially or wholly destroy a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group also : the crime of committing such an act

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