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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Al-Bashir is currently wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide linked to the war in Sudan’s Darfur region in the 2000s. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Sudanese army holds 1st meeting with protesters since coup," 13 Apr. 2019 Although an international court has labeled the Srebrenica killings as genocide, Serbs have never admitted that their troops carried out the massacre. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 11, 2018," 11 July 2018 Facebook has a genocide problem Last month, The New York Times reported that members of the Myanmar military organized a systematic disinformation campaign to demonize the country's Muslim Rohingya minority group. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Sorry Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook isn’t a “positive force”," 21 Nov. 2018 It’s estimated that some 2,000 or 3,000 people may still be buried in the mass graves, Ibuka, a genocide survivors’ organization, tells the Associated Press’ Ignatius Ssuuna. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Victims of Rwandan Genocide Identified in Newly Discovered Mass Graves," 30 Apr. 2018 People have been subject to an enormous number of severe attacks consistently since 2014 but dating back to even the Rwandan genocide [in 1994]. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Why the Ebola outbreak in DRC is so difficult to contain," 2 Dec. 2018 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

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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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