One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘The report said "there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity" have been carried out by both sides.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘I am ashamed of our government and all the others who stand aside while he commits these crimes against humanity.’
- ‘There should be no impunity and any perpetrators of such a horrific crime against humanity must be held accountable.’
- ‘These guys are international murderers who committed crimes against humanity and therefore relinquished any claim to the privilege of having "civil rights".’
- ‘I support the president's decision to use military force in the face of this horrific crime 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.’
- ‘People slate her as if she has committed a crime against humanity, it's embarrassing.’
Late 17th century: originally in the sense ‘immoral or destructive act’.
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