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

He was found guilty of torture and other war crimes.
Recent Examples on the Web The court has convicted five men of war crimes and crimes against humanity, all African militia leaders. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, 7 July 2024 The panel of three judges who made the decision to issue the arrest warrants on Monday concluded that Shoigu and Gerasimov ordered strikes against civilian objects, which constitutes a war crime under international humanitarian laws. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 25 June 2024 Continuing to respond to credible war crimes charges by simply asserting that such charges are motivated by anti-Semitism will do little to help Israel’s standing. Salam Fayyad, Foreign Affairs, 20 June 2024 Because the Allies granted themselves immunity from war crimes charges, the tribunals were criticized as victors’ justice. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune Europe, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for war crime 

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of war crime was in 1906

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“War crime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20crime. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

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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