geno·​cide | \ˈje-nə-ˌsīd \

Definition of genocide 

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

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genocidal \ ˌje-​nə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl \ adjective

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On the second floor of Most Excellent Way Life Center, selected residents string beads into jewelry for Same Sky, a nonprofit organization that raises money for female survivors of the Rwandan genocide who are HIV-positive. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "This Nonprofit Jewelry Company Provides Women With Their First Job—and Hope—After Prison," 8 Sep. 2016 The United States of America was built upon the genocide of native people and slavery. Fox News, "Ann Coulter on the status of Trump's immigration agenda," 20 May 2018 The United States of America is based upon genocide of the Native people and black folks being stolen and brought from America to here. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "Spike Lee on Scorching BlacKkKlansman and “This Motherfucker,” Donald Trump," 15 May 2018 The Armenian genocide of 1915-16 encouraged the belief that the world community would care little about the fate of the Jews. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 In the February/March issue of 1843, the lifestyle magazine from The Economist, Clooney and Murad, a Yazidi refugee of the Islamic State, open up about their work fighting ISIS's genocide of the Yazidi people. Morgan Evans, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Client Nadia Murad Shares Her Powerful Story in a New Interview," 17 Mar. 2017 When Microsoft's chatbot Tay was released on Twitter in 2016, the bot quickly proved a hit with racists and trolls who taught it to defend white supremacists, call for genocide and express a fondness for Hitler. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Meet 'Norman,' a terrifying, psychopathic AI," 4 June 2018 During his entire political career, Deukmejian attempted to get official recognition for the genocide. Claudia Luther And Richard C. Paddock,, "George Deukmejian dead at 89, public safety and law-and-order dominated two-term governor's agenda," 9 May 2018 Thanos, as an all-powerful giant purple space-maniac, arrives at an alternative argument for more intergalactic genocide. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "Avengers: Infinity War Is an Extraordinary Juggling Act," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \

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 \ adjective


geno·​cide | \ˈje-nə-ˌsīd \

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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