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concentration camp

a guarded compound for the detention or imprisonment of aliens, members of ethnic minorities, political opponents, etc., especially any of the camps established by the Nazis prior to and during World War II for the confinement and persecution of prisoners.
Origin of concentration camp
1900-05, applied orig. to camps where noncombatants were placed during the Boer War Unabridged
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  • The only clue I had was that she had been removed to a concentration camp at Berlin.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • Some seven hundred and fifty died while in this concentration camp.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
  • An unfavorable one meant the concentration camp for everybody.

    Satan and the Comrades Ralph Bennitt
  • That was why the British finally put her in a concentration camp.

    Mobilizing Woman-Power

    Harriot Stanton Blatch
  • Zorn, Larner and the Belas fared forth from the concentration camp followed by a company of soldiers carrying the big net.

British Dictionary definitions for concentration camp

concentration camp

a guarded prison camp in which nonmilitary prisoners are held, esp one of those in Nazi Germany in which millions were exterminated
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Word Origin and History for concentration camp

1901, "compound for noncombatants in a war zone" (see concentration); a controversial idea from the second Boer War (1899-1902), and the term emerged with a bad odor. In reference to prisons for dissidents and minorities in Nazi Germany from 1934, in Soviet Russia from 1935.

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concentration camp in Culture

concentration camp definition

A place for assembling and confining political prisoners and enemies of a nation. Concentration camps are particularly associated with the rule of the Nazis in Germany, who used them to confine millions of Jews as a group to be purged from the German nation. Communists, Gypsies, homosexuals, and other persons considered undesirable according to Nazi principles, or who opposed the government, were also placed in concentration camps and eventually executed in large groups. (See Holocaust.)

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