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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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 The court’s function is to prosecute perpetrators of the worst crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Fox News, "What is the ICC and how does it function?," 13 Mar. 2020 After he was indicted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the country’s western region of Darfur, his defiance badly damaged the young court’s credibility. The Economist, "A day of reckoning Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s ex-dictator, could at last face justice," 13 Feb. 2020 He had just been arrested on charges of war crimes, after years of working as a New Age healer, under an assumed name. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, "Edna O’Brien Is Still Writing About Women on the Run," 7 Oct. 2019 Last year, President Trump pardoned American service members accused or convicted of war crimes during the conflict and restored the rank of one. Carlin Becker, Washington Examiner, "International Criminal Court greenlights investigations into Afghanistan war crimes," 5 Mar. 2020 Nazis, some of which were implicated in serious war crimes, did move to the U.S. after World War II, and some did live in New York City in the '70s, reports NPR. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "The True Story Behind Jordan Peele & Amazon’s 1970s Conspiracy Thriller Hunters," 24 Feb. 2020 Hiring talented Palestinians for software-engineer jobs at tech startups is aiding in the commission of war crimes? David Harsanyi, National Review, "The United Nations Once Again Proves Its Anti-Semitism," 13 Feb. 2020 Bashir faces five counts of crimes against humanity and two counts of war crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague in connection with Sudanese military actions in Darfur between 2003 and 2008. Tamara Qiblawi And Mostafa Salem, CNN, "Sudan will hand deposed president Omar al-Bashir over to the ICC to face war crimes charges," 11 Feb. 2020 Exclusive: Trump to take action on cases of three military members accused of war crimes. Fox News, "Elections in four states could measure power of Trump, preview 2020; Iran's latest break from nuke deal," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of war crime

1906, in the meaning defined above

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7 Apr 2020

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“War crime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20crime. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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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