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

Other Words from genocide

genocidal \ ˌje-​nə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl How to pronounce genocide (audio) \ adjective

Examples of genocide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web War crimes are one of four offenses—alongside genocide, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression—defined by international law and placed under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Robert Hart, Forbes, 6 May 2022 How doughnut shops became a sweet American Dream Roughly 80% of doughnut shops in southern California are owned by Cambodian refugee families, who came to this country seeking shelter from genocide. CBS News, 6 May 2022 Other suspects haven’t, such as former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who remains wanted since 2009 for a genocide trial at the ICC. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, 2 May 2022 Myszala said that the Nazis took great lengths to conceal their genocide. Nathan Luna, ABC News, 28 Apr. 2022 In 2019, a Sikh genocide memorial at the Norwich Public Library was taken down when the Indian consulate in New York complained. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 27 Apr. 2022 The statement did not reference the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Biden has called a genocide. Josh Boak, Chicago Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 The statement did not reference the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Biden has called a genocide. Erin Prater, Fortune, 24 Apr. 2022 Biden's statement did not reference the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Biden has called a genocide. Josh Boak, ajc, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Genocide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genocide. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for genocide

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 genocide (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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