Definition of genocide in English:



  • The deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.

    • ‘The report stated that much of what had been done to them was tantamount to genocide.’
    • ‘Churchill argues that the experiences of his people are nothing less than genocide.’
    • ‘Chris makes an interesting comment on the United Nations and use of the term genocide.’
    • ‘After we liberated Europe we did not come home to deny freedoms and practise genocide here.’
    • ‘The answer to how people or states convince themselves to commit murder or genocide is complex.’
    • ‘Why is it acceptable to discuss reparations for the victims of genocide in some instances but not in others?’
    • ‘The perpetrators of genocide were no different from those who did not participate in the bloodletting.’
    • ‘It is less clear, Stephen speculates, that he will be found guilty of genocide.’
    • ‘Its remit is to try offences of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.’
    • ‘He is expected to report on the region next month, to try to evaluate whether genocide has taken place.’
    • ‘The tragedy is made all the worse because genocide is both predictable and preventable.’
    • ‘Surely one such lesson is that the denial of genocide is a dangerous and immoral thing.’
    • ‘They want him deported to Vilnius, the city of his birth, to stand trial for genocide.’
    • ‘As well as mass genocide, Stalin tore thousands of families apart by exiling men to the icy wastes of Siberia.’
    • ‘By guarding wide areas from swift armed advance on civilians, they can prevent genocide.’
    • ‘We see indicators of genocide, and there is evidence that points in that direction.’
    • ‘The higher politics of the Cold War were more important than stopping Pol Pot's genocide.’
    • ‘He may be charged with genocide and the trial could start next after this case.’
    • ‘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.’
    racial killing, massacre, wholesale slaughter, mass slaughter, wholesale killing, indiscriminate killing
    mass murder, mass homicide, mass destruction, annihilation, extermination, elimination, liquidation, eradication, decimation, butchery, bloodbath, bloodletting
    pogrom, ethnic cleansing, holocaust, shoah
    battue, hecatomb
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1940s: from Greek genos race + -cide.