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

Examples of genocide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kabuga is accused of funding one of the worst genocides in history, which killed an estimated 800,000 Rwandans in 1994, most of whom were part of the Tutsi ethnic group. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Alleged financier of Rwandan genocide arrested after more than two decades in hiding, will face tribunal," 16 May 2020 At the time, a child could still get beaten on the streets of the Bronx for being, like Richard, Jewish, and his family was deeply affected by genocide in Europe during World War II. Kim Severson, New York Times, "Dr. Richard Friedman, Who Debunked Homosexuality Myth, Dies at 79," 4 May 2020 Two years ago, Cathal McNaughton was among the Reuters photographers who won a Pulitzer Prize for their searing images of desperate Rohingya refugees fleeing genocide in Myanmar. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 13 Mar. 2020 Hamdok has confirmed the government will cooperate with the court's efforts to prosecute those wanted for war crimes and genocide in connection with the Darfur conflict in the 2000s. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok survives harrowing assassination attempt," 9 Mar. 2020 But the platform also was used to help fuel a genocide in Myanmar, a U.N. report concluded, and has been used to live-stream violence, including video of a massacre at a New Zealand mosque. Craig Timberg, Anchorage Daily News, "How conservatives learned to wield power inside Facebook," 20 Feb. 2020 Today is #HolocaustMemorialDay, which takes place each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and honours survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Asia Ewart,, "Kate Middleton Reveals Two Portraits She Created For Holocaust Remembrance Day," 28 Jan. 2020 Mostly Muslim Gambia launched a lawsuit in November at the United Nations' highest body for disputes between states, accusing Myanmar of genocide against Rohingya in violation of a 1948 convention. NBC News, "Court orders Myanmar to take steps to protect Rohingya," 23 Jan. 2020 About gold mines in Peru and gangs in Ecuador and the lingering impacts of genocide in Cambodia. Sarah Menkedick, Longreads, "Telling Stories In Order to Live: On Writing and Money," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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23 May 2020

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“Genocide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of genocide

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


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

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


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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