war crime


Definition of war crime

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

Other Words from war crime

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 Green was at the center of a brutal war crime in Iraq in 2006 — raping a 14-year-old girl and murdering her family. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 The verdict is already in: Israel is guilty as charged, of every manner of war crime and abuse. WSJ, 3 Jan. 2022 But failing to take proper precautions isn't a war crime under the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court -- and regardless, the US isn't a party to the statute, Boothby said. Anna Coren, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 Dean Korsak alerted his superiors that the attack was a possible war crime, meaning the team potentially violated military laws and a system of checks and balances that determine how an attack will harm civilians before it’s carried out. Marisa Dellatto, Forbes, 14 Nov. 2021 Both sides appear to be violating those laws, experts said: Hamas has fired more than 3,000 rockets toward Israeli cities and towns, a clear war crime. New York Times, 16 May 2021 Shoaib Haider, a judge who is also Ahmadi's second cousin, wants the strike to be investigated as a potential US war crime. Anna Coren, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 The aid group accused American forces of a war crime. New York Times, 15 Aug. 2021 In September 2016, al Mahdi was convicted of the war crime of intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to religion and historic monuments following his own admission of guilt. Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, 3 July 2021

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First Known Use of war crime

1906, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2022

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“War crime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20crime. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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