Definition of ecocide in US English:



  • Destruction of the natural environment, especially when willfully done.

    • ‘We all know that carbon emissions are contributing to global warming and ecocide.’
    • ‘However, we tend to be less aware of our own ecocide.’
    • ‘The great mass of Russians, all too aware of the Soviet ecocide that decimated their land, have a passionate sense of the need to protect their environment.’
    • ‘It is reasonable to conclude that the full economic costs of the Sudbury forest ecocide were actually many times the figures arrived at by Linzon.’
    • ‘Through a century marked by ecocide - toxic releases, poisoned lands, nuclear accidents - Russian naturalists have battled, often against a totalitarian government, to save refuges like the one where Tatiana now works.’