Meaning of crime against humanity in English:

crime against humanity

nounplural noun crimes against humanity

  • A deliberate act, typically as part of a systematic campaign, that causes human suffering or death on a large scale.

    ‘he was handed over to the International Criminal Court in The Hague to face charges of crimes against humanity’
    • ‘He must stand trial for his crimes against humanity.’
    • ‘The first trial has focused on the forced evacuation of people into rural labour camps and the related charges of crimes against humanity.’
    • ‘People slate her as if she has committed a crime against humanity, it's embarrassing.’
    • ‘There should be no impunity and any perpetrators of such a horrific crime against humanity must be held accountable.’
    • ‘I am ashamed of our government and all the others who stand aside while he commits these crimes against humanity.’
    • ‘Made a permanent tribunal in 2002, the Hague-based court has the authority to try cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.’
    • ‘The report said "there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity" have been carried out by both sides.’
    • ‘I support the president's decision to use military force in the face of this horrific crime against humanity.’
    • ‘These guys are international murderers who committed crimes against humanity and therefore relinquished any claim to the privilege of having "civil rights".’
    • ‘Why has he only recently formed the opinion that Smith is a criminal, guilty of heinous crimes against humanity and should be put to death forthwith?’


Late 17th century originally in the sense ‘immoral or destructive act’.