genocide

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noun geno·cide \ˈje-nə-ˌsīd\

Definition of genocide

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

genocidal

play \ˌje-nə-ˈsī-dəl\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of genocide

geno- + -cide


GENOCIDE Defined for English Language Learners

genocide

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Definition of genocide for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

genocide

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noun geno·cide \ˈjen-ə-ˌsīd\

Medical Definition of genocide

  1. :  the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group—compare homicide

genocidal

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Law Dictionary

genocide

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noun geno·cide \ˈje-nə-ˌsīd\

Legal Definition of genocide

  1. :  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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