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 genocide (audio) \ adjective

Examples of genocide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a presidential candidate, Mr. Biden pledged to declare it as genocide. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Biden recognizes mass killing of Armenians as genocide," 25 Apr. 2021 Kim Kardashian West thanked President Biden for acknowledging the mass killings of more than a million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide. Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times, "Kim Kardashian West thanks Biden for calling the killing of Armenians ‘genocide’," 25 Apr. 2021 Outside the Turkish consulate in Beverly Hills, several thousand people blocked off Wilshire Boulevard, the main artery through the city, to demand that Turkey recognize as genocide the events that began 106 years ago. Eugene Garcia And Daisy Nguyen, Chron, "Armenian Americans celebrate Biden's recognition of genocide," 24 Apr. 2021 The president's decision to recognize the atrocities as a genocide could anger Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who previously warned that such a declaration would harm U.S.-Turkish relations. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Biden recognizes mass killings against Armenians as genocide," 24 Apr. 2021 In 2019, the House and Senate passed a resolution recognizing the mass killings of Armenians from 1915 to 1923 as genocide. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "President Biden told Turkish President Erdoğan he's planning to recognize Armenian genocide," 23 Apr. 2021 In a televised interview Secretary of State Antony Blinken again characterized China’s policy toward the Uighurs as genocide, blamed Chinese errors for making the pandemic worse, and warned Beijing against attempts to invade Taiwan. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Can Biden’s Resolve Weather Putin and Xi?," 12 Apr. 2021 Chinook tribal members sometimes refer to the lack of recognition as slow-motion genocide. Anna V. Smith/high Country News, oregonlive, "Members of Chinook Indian Nation liken lack of federal recognition to slow-motion ‘genocide’," 3 Apr. 2021 Cogolati has raised the issue of Xinjiang several times in the Belgian parliament, and last month submitted a proposal with colleague Wouter de Vriendt to urge the government to declare Beijing’s behavior there as genocide. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Who are the 10 European citizens China is sanctioning?," 23 Mar. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Genocide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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 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


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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