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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The administration was lobbied to send more aid to the two beleaguered communities by groups that had pressed the State Department to declare in 2016 that the Islamic State had committed genocide against Christians, Yazidis and Shiite Muslims. Carol Morello, Washington Post, "Under pressure from Pence, U.S. aid is directed to Christian, Yazidi communities in Iraq," 16 June 2018 Their America is an Atlantis-like land that didn’t slaughter the indigenous, steal their land, herd them like cattle and commit a genocide that wiped out entire nations of Native Americans. Michael Harriot, The Root, "America: Wakanda for White People," 22 Feb. 2018 Creating better reporting tools, for example, is not actually a meaningful solution for mitigating literal incitements to genocide. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 Many people lived in the Americas before Columbus got here, and his arrival resulted in genocide, colonization, oppression and marginalization of Native Americans. Dodai Stewart, Teen Vogue, "Frank Waln's New Music Video for "Wokiksuye" Honors Indigenous Peoples Day," 8 Oct. 2018 Taking away people’s passports and citizenship is a precursor to genocide. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Stripping U.S. Citizens of Their Passports Is a Precursor to Genocide," 7 Sep. 2018 Dehumanizing propaganda is a common precursor to genocide and other mass atrocities. Aliza Luft, Washington Post, "How dangerous is it when Trump calls some immigrants ‘animals’?," 25 May 2018 China’s draconian population-control policies have resulted in what amounts to a genocide of unborn baby girls, which has resulted in the most imbalanced boy-to-girl ratio of any country on the planet. George Weigel, National Review, "A Vatican-Based Bishop Extols China," 7 Feb. 2018 The State Department has so far classified the killings as ethnic cleansing and not as genocide, which under international law is a crime of its own. Jon Emont, WSJ, "Myanmar’s Massacre of Rohingya Is Genocide, U.S.-Hired Law Firm Says," 3 Dec. 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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