genocide

noun
geno·​cide | \ ˈje-nə-ˌsīd How to pronounce genocide (audio) \

Essential Meaning of genocide

: the deliberate killing of people who belong to a particular racial, political, or cultural group

Full Definition of genocide

: the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group

Other Words from genocide

genocidal \ ˌje-​nə-​ˈsī-​dᵊl How to pronounce genocide (audio) \ adjective

Examples of genocide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But so despite concern right now that China is carrying out, actively, a genocide against Muslims in that country, it's still set to hold the Olympics in three months. CBS News, 21 Nov. 2021 After all, the IOC already has declined to object to China's systematic persecution of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the country, which some activists have labeled a genocide. Paul Newberry, ajc, 19 Nov. 2021 Some State Department officials are pushing for a genocide declaration in response to accounts of ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia, but no final determination has been made, according to people familiar with the matter. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 Unlike many of their parents who became refugees during Saddam Hussein’s era, this time the Iraqi Kurds are not fleeing war or genocide. New York Times, 13 Nov. 2021 Unlike many of their parents who became refugees during Saddam Hussein’s era, this time the Iraqi Kurds are not fleeing war or genocide. Elian Peltier, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Nov. 2021 The dispossession and genocide of Native Americans was depicted as an inevitable, perhaps even required, outcome for the emergence of American values. Lisa Messeri, Wired, 12 Nov. 2021 Serranus Clinton Hastings, a man behind murder, genocide and theft from Native Americans, should be remembered for his crimes, not honored as the founder of a respected law college. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 The stories emanating from the camps confirm the world’s worst fears that – as the Trump administration determined on their last day in office –Uyghurs are facing ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity. Olivia Enos, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of genocide

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for genocide

geno- + -cide

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24 Nov 2021

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“Genocide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genocide. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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genocide

noun
geno·​cide | \ ˈjen-ə-ˌsīd How to pronounce genocide (audio) \

Medical Definition of genocide

: the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group — compare homicide

Other Words from genocide

genocidal \ ˌjen-​ə-​ˈsīd-​ᵊl How to pronounce genocide (audio) \ adjective

genocide

noun
geno·​cide | \ ˈje-nə-ˌsīd How to pronounce genocide (audio) \

Legal Definition of genocide

: acts committed with intent to partially or wholly destroy a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group also : the crime of committing such an act

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