killing field

noun

Definition of killing field

: a scene of mass killing (as from a battle or massacre)

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Recent Examples on the Web My mother and father were fortunate to have survived the killing fields of Cambodia and to have emigrated to America. James Kuo, New York Times, "On the Front Lines of a Pandemic, ‘I Love You’ Can Mean ‘Goodbye’," 27 Mar. 2020 That is 40 million more than perished on the killing fields of Flanders and northern France (and elsewhere in Europe), and 10 million more than have died from AIDS in the forty years since the syndrome was first recognized in the 1980s. Mark Honigsbaum, The New York Review of Books, "‘A Once-in-a-Century Pathogen’: The 1918 Pandemic & This One," 17 Mar. 2020 After helping exhume graves in Srebrenica, one of the most notorious killing fields of the Balkans war, Peccerelli testified during the tribunal at the Hague. Natalie Keyssar, National Geographic, "The cold cases of Guatemala’s civil war were impossible to identify—until now," 19 Dec. 2019 Heidenreich took the stand during the second day of testimony in the murder trial of Bampumim Teixeira, 33, who is accused of killing Field and Bolaños. BostonGlobe.com, "“I was confused for the first minutes,” said Heidenreich, a scientist at a pharmaceutical company. He showed the messages to his girlfriend, then texted Field back, “911?”," 23 Nov. 2019 As places of mass starvation and disease, and eventually of deportation to the death camps and killing fields, however, the Nazi ghettos bore little in common with the original Italian ghettos beyond the name. Daniel B. Schwartz, Time, "How America's Ugly History of Segregation Changed the Meaning of the Word 'Ghetto'," 24 Sep. 2019 Even as vast parts of his country fell from his control or turned into killing fields, Assad kept his core regime in place. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Syria’s Assad: Last man standing amid new Arab uprisings," 13 Apr. 2019 Suddenly, noble visions of war preserved by paintings and statues were replaced by the awful reality of killing fields. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Can tape of sobbing child detainees join shocking sounds, images that have shaped history?," 20 June 2018 Kiev has become a killing field for Kremlin critics. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Russia Murder Inc.," 30 May 2018

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Killing field.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/killing%20field. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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