geno·​cide | \ ˈje-nə-ˌsīd How to pronounce genocide (audio) \

Essential Meaning of genocide

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

Full 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 Sutz expanded his work to include Holocaust liberators, righteous gentiles, and other genocide survivors., 17 Oct. 2021 Through near-genocide in the most aggressive colonial era of the 18th and 19th centuries, the Abenaki have preserved their millennia-old cultural practices, passing through the eye of a needle of near-eradication to thrive again today., 15 Oct. 2021 But these days, the Horn of Africa country is an example of another – darker – trend in global power politics, one that portends dire consequences for human rights and potentially opens the door to horrors like ethnic cleansing and genocide. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Oct. 2021 Malinowski is leading an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) pushing the administration to determine on whether genocide has occurred in Tigray. Nima Elbagir, CNN, 7 Oct. 2021 Fixing algorithms to promote propaganda or genocide is also bad. Kevin T. Dugan, Fortune, 5 Oct. 2021 The decision to award the 2018 prize to Peter Handke, who has been accused of genocide denial, received ferocious criticism. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 4 Oct. 2021 Christine Hill, who twice ran unsuccessfully for the assembly, printed out the stars at home and was handing them out for others to wear during the meeting to draw a comparison to the oppression and genocide of Jewish people in Nazi Germany. Arkansas Online, 1 Oct. 2021 This Daesh genocide will continue until the women and children are located and rescued. Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, 25 Sep. 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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19 Oct 2021

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“Genocide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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