Definition of genocide in English:


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  • The deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group.

    ‘a campaign of genocide’
    • ‘news of genocides went unreported’
    • ‘The answer to how people or states convince themselves to commit murder or genocide is complex.’
    • ‘Churchill argues that the experiences of his people are nothing less than genocide.’
    • ‘After we liberated Europe we did not come home to deny freedoms and practise genocide here.’
    • ‘We see indicators of genocide, and there is evidence that points in that direction.’
    • ‘Chris makes an interesting comment on the United Nations and use of the term genocide.’
    • ‘Why is it acceptable to discuss reparations for the victims of genocide in some instances but not in others?’
    • ‘He is expected to report on the region next month, to try to evaluate whether genocide has taken place.’
    • ‘The higher politics of the Cold War were more important than stopping Pol Pot's genocide.’
    • ‘It is less clear, Stephen speculates, that he will be found guilty of genocide.’
    • ‘Racism and extreme nationalism, which live on in our new century, do not always lead to genocide.’
    • ‘If the UN accepts that genocide is occurring, it is legally obliged to take action to stop it.’
    • ‘By guarding wide areas from swift armed advance on civilians, they can prevent genocide.’
    • ‘The report stated that much of what had been done to them was tantamount to genocide.’
    • ‘Its remit is to try offences of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.’
    • ‘The tragedy is made all the worse because genocide is both predictable and preventable.’
    • ‘They want him deported to Vilnius, the city of his birth, to stand trial for genocide.’
    • ‘Surely one such lesson is that the denial of genocide is a dangerous and immoral thing.’
    • ‘He may be charged with genocide and the trial could start next after this case.’
    • ‘The perpetrators of genocide were no different from those who did not participate in the bloodletting.’
    • ‘As well as mass genocide, Stalin tore thousands of families apart by exiling men to the icy wastes of Siberia.’
    racial killing, massacre, wholesale slaughter, mass slaughter, wholesale killing, indiscriminate killing
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/ˈjenəˌsīd/ /ˈdʒɛnəˌsaɪd/


1940s from Greek genos ‘race’+ -cide.