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Definition of war crime

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

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Examples of war crime in a Sentence

He was found guilty of torture and other war crimes.

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For example, the US military is helping Saudi Arabia commit war crimes in its war in Yemen. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s Justice Department is fighting US terrorist attack victims in the Supreme Court," 8 Nov. 2018 Largely due to the objections of Saudi Arabia and its allies, the council failed several times to authorize more intrusive investigation into possible war crimes in Yemen. Jamey Keaten, The Seattle Times, "Experts: UAE, Saudis may have committed war crimes in Yemen," 28 Aug. 2018 There’s collegiality among elites who all went to the same overpriced universities — people who could never acknowledge that the guy at the next table at the Capital Grille who looks just like them might have committed war crimes. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "America pays steep price for ignoring crimes of George W. Bush era | Will Bunch," 27 Mar. 2018 The issue of Lithuanian complicity in Nazi war crimes is sensitive here, with the Jewish community campaigning to have street signs named for heroes who fought the Soviets removed because of their roles in the executions of Jews. Nicole Winfield And Maria Grazia Murru, Fox News, "Pope begins Baltics pilgrimage as Russia threat looms large," 22 Sep. 2018 Palij has acknowledged serving in Trawniki but denied any involvement in war crimes. Michael R. Sisak, The Seattle Times, "US deports 95-year-old ex-Nazi guard to Germany," 21 Aug. 2018 Karkoc's family denies that he was involved in any war crimes. Monika Scislowska, chicagotribune.com, "Doctors to examine Minneapolis man sought by Poland in Nazi case," 15 Mar. 2018 Karkoc’s family denies that he was involved in any war crimes. Monika Scislowska, BostonGlobe.com, "Doctors to examine US man sought by Poland in Nazi case," 15 Mar. 2018 But the communist record of oppression and murder merits matching attention, not least from modern tourists in Vietnam, who are exposed to so many propaganda exhibits about American war crimes. Max Hastings, WSJ, "The Hidden Atrocities of the Vietnam War," 4 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of war crime

1906, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of war crime

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

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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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