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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Last year, a group of U.N. experts called on the Myanmar military top brass to be investigated and prosecuted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Tun Khin, Time, "It's Been Two Years Since 730,000 Rohingya Were Forced to Flee. There's No End in Sight to the Crisis," 25 Aug. 2019 In 1995, Gourevitch travelled to Rwanda to examine the aftermath of the genocide and to offer a detailed account of the horrors there. Erin Overbey, The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: The Power of Investigative Journalism," 25 Aug. 2019 Al-Bashir, 75, has yet to face charges in the most serious accusations against him, including genocide and war crimes. Declan Walsh,, "Saudis paid $90 million to Sudan’s ex-leader, officer says in al-Bashir trial," 19 Aug. 2019 There is the familiar litany by now: Facebook’s encouragement of our wrecked 2016 presidential election at home and genocide and ethnic warfare abroad. Renee Diresta, WIRED, "Seeing Through Silicon Valley’s Shameless ‘Disruption’," 28 July 2019 There will also be a Human Rights Gallery, which will discuss how human rights started, and also the history of genocides and how those interrelate with the Holocaust. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Holocaust Museum Houston holds grand reopening in museum district," 24 June 2019 In 2013, the year before Zune arrived in Guatemala, the former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt was indicted by the attorney general and tried for genocide and crimes against humanity. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "Destined for Export," 10 June 2019 The Rome Statute is the treaty that formed the International Criminal Court, where crimes such as genocide and war crimes are investigated and prosecuted. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Instagram says there's "no truth" to new hoax post, so don't share it," 21 Aug. 2019 The Rome Statute established the International Criminal Court and deals with offenses such as genocide and war crimes — not data privacy. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "This viral Instagram hoax duped A-listers — and the man overseeing our nuclear arsenal," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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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 genocidal (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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