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 genocidal (audio) \ adjective

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The atrocities witnessed by surviving Tutsis have left enduring marks on their adult children, the vast majority of whom hadn’t been born when the genocide took place in 1994. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Inheriting the Trauma of Genocide," 21 Feb. 2019 Having emerged from the atrocities of the 1994 genocide, Rwanda is riding a booming economy and has seen its number of tourist visitors double over the last 10 years. SI.com, "Arsenal Unveil 'Visit Rwanda' as New Sleeve Sponsor Supporting Country's Booming Tourism," 23 May 2018 While some Polish civilians participated in the genocide, others resisted. Wojciech Moskwa, Bloomberg.com, "Poland’s Message to World in Holocaust Dispute: It’s You, Not Us," 22 Feb. 2018 And at this point, VR and AR are two of the last major technologies that haven’t faced a huge scandal involving genocide, mass surveillance, election tampering, or the wholesale dissolution of truth. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AR and VR," 30 Dec. 2018 All this comes on the heels of news of Facebook’s privacy failures, the role of propaganda posts in inciting genocide in Myanmar, and the possibility that Russian troll activity on the platform helped influence the 2016 election. Anna North, Vox, "How Facebook’s scandals are hurting Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In brand," 17 Dec. 2018 In the final match of the World Cup on Sunday, soccer powerhouse France will go up against a country that, just 25 years ago, was in the midst of an ethnic war in the Balkans marked by genocide, snipers, and concentration camps. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this World Cup final is like no other," 13 July 2018 In the United States, Dith continued to speak out about the Cambodian genocide, becoming a vocal advocate for human rights. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "5 Refugees Who Changed Modern American History," 20 June 2018 Wars, genocides and social conflicts of the 20th century killed millions of combatants and civilians, while people in small-scale human societies seem to live comparatively peaceful lives. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019

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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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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 genocidal (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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