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

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That genocide resulted in deaths numbering in the hundreds of thousands, so al-Bashir has a track record of brutally suppressing dissent. Natalie Gil, refinery29.com, "Rape, Massacre & Despair: Why We All Need To Wake Up To The Crisis In Sudan," 15 June 2019 The Germans found many willing servants among local fascists and nationalists whose main historical modus operandi, like that of their masters, was genocide—their descendants would be at it again a couple of generations later. Aleksandar Hemon, The New Yorker, "My Mother and the Failed Experiment of Yugoslavia," 5 June 2019 Yes, the novel’s title has become a kind of catchphrase, culturally synonymous with an impossible choice between two terrible outcomes — and also with Jewish genocide. Emma Copley Eisenberg, sun-sentinel.com, "‘Sophie’s Choice’ is the perfect summer read | Review," 5 June 2019 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

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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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