Definition of conflict diamond in US English:

conflict diamond


  • (especially in Africa) an uncut diamond mined in an area of armed conflict and traded illicitly to finance the fighting.

    ‘a joint initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds’
    • ‘But it also seems like a transparent attempt to do an end-run around the UN sanctions against conflict diamonds.’
    • ‘But with the bad press of African conflict diamonds and also their wish to control more of their jewelry manufacturing process, the company has invested instead in Canada's mining operations.’
    • ‘It is a non-governmental organisation that produced a report last year on conflict diamonds in Africa.’
    • ‘But with the diamond market facing higher competition with new mines, manmade gems, and bad PR from conflict diamonds, the company is striving to wipe the slate clean, publishing a standard of ethics.’
    • ‘The branding of unique diamond cuts for market differentiation continues as the diamond industry evolves to combat bad publicity from conflict diamonds and accommodate new mine sources.’
    • ‘While in Windhoek, he also addressed the issue of conflict diamonds.’
    • ‘It's seen as a step toward keeping conflict diamonds out of the United States.’
    • ‘Among the many theories attempting to explain these wars is the theory of conflict diamonds, which as the name may suggest are diamonds illegally mined or sold to finance some of Africa's worst civil wars.’
    • ‘One of the key players in trade in conflict diamonds, he and his friends have now sewn up Liberia's logging.’
    • ‘These did not stop the flow of conflict diamonds.’
    • ‘The indictment accuses him of engineering the rebel terror campaign that saw conflict diamonds traded for guns.’
    • ‘‘In particular, [the G8] didn't seize the opportunity to remedy the most significant issue to date - the Kimberly process regarding conflict diamonds,’ he said.’
    • ‘It can get rid of the problem of conflict diamonds if it wants to.’
    • ‘He rails against the company's monopoly product, concludes that diamonds are for never and warns about unknowingly purchasing conflict diamonds.’
    • ‘Along with conflict diamonds and cobalt, coltan has fueled the world's bloodiest war.’
    • ‘The 27-year civil war was largely financed by the sale of so-called conflict diamonds, despite repeated United Nations sanctions actions.’
    • ‘Despite losing some of their monopolistic market share, bad publicity over conflict diamonds, and the trend towards ‘branded diamonds,’ the company continues to act as the dominating marketing power.’
    • ‘The forum held last week in Windhoek on conflict diamonds came up with a ‘roadmap’ in its final deliberations.’
    • ‘In March 2002, governments and industry agreed to create an international tracking and certification system (known as the Kimberley Process) in an effort to get conflict diamonds off the market.’
    • ‘There could not be a more clear example of blood diamonds or conflict diamonds than the company's operations in the Congo.’


conflict diamond

/ˈkɑnflɪkt ˌdaɪ(ə)mənd//ˈkänflikt ˌdī(ə)mənd/