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

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Examples of war crime in a Sentence

He was found guilty of torture and other war crimes.
Recent Examples on the Web All true, and the fact that the first prosecution of rape as a war crime occurred in 1998 is appalling — especially when Susan Brownmiller tried to tell us about it 23 years before. New York Times, "Bifurcating Realities, Joseph P. Kennedy and Other Letters to the Editor," 31 Dec. 2020 Wartime gave us new technologies such as canning and products such as margarine — a gastronomic war crime, in my opinion. Washington Post, "I grew up learning to cook what’s on hand, and now it’s my pandemic superpower," 8 Dec. 2020 Public opinion remains divided, with proponents characterizing the sinking as a legitimate act of war and detractors condemning it as a war crime. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Brief History of the Falklands War," 23 Nov. 2020 Beginning in the 1990's, U.N. war crime trials were held for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Scott Pelley, CBS News, "Nadia Murad's vow to take ISIS to court, and her heartbreaking return home," 4 Oct. 2020 After the war, Pernkopf spent three years in an Allied prison camp but was not charged with war crimes. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "In Israel, Modern Medicine Grapples With Ghosts of the Third Reich," 12 May 2020 The Myanmar government has denied committing genocide, but has admitted that some soldiers carried out war crimes. Rebecca Wright And Salman Saeed, CNN, "Dozens of refugees stranded at sea to be quarantined on controversial island," 4 May 2020 To hell and back can be a long road Ryan Kitchell joins the Navy as a war photographer and chronicles savage war crimes. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In California: Don't even THINK of canceling fishing," 10 Apr. 2020 The way the United States has treated Iran over the past three years is an abominable war crime. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "The U.S. coronavirus outbreak is going to be worse than Iran's," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of war crime

1906, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2021

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“War crime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20crime. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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