war crime

noun
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of war crime

: a crime (such as genocide or maltreatment of prisoners) committed during or in connection with war usually used in plural

war criminal

noun

Examples of war crime in a Sentence

  1. He was found guilty of torture and other war crimes.

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First Known Use of war crime

1906


WAR CRIME Defined for English Language Learners

war crime

noun

Definition of war crime for English Language Learners

  • : an act committed during a war that violates international law usually because it is cruel, unfair, etc.


Law Dictionary

war crime

noun

legal Definition of war crime

: an act committed usually during an international war for which individual criminal liability will be imposed by a domestic or international tribunal; specifically : a violation of the laws or customs of war as embodied or recognized by international treaty, court decisions, or established practice usually used in pl.
Note: Following World War II, the Charter of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg first codified war crimes including crimes against humanity. Also encompassed in the legal concept of war crimes is the crime of planning or waging a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties.

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