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crime against humanity

noun
1.
a crime or series of crimes, such as genocide, directed against a large group because of religion, ethnicity, country of origin, or other reason unconnected with any individual's responsibility for having committed a criminal act.
Origin of crime against humanity
1940-1945
First recorded in 1940-45
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  • But when it comes to a crime against humanity like war, every one is responsible.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Protestantism was a sin, but atheism was a crime against humanity.

  • The Buchers asserted that the Doctrine was a crime against humanity.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • That would be perfectly barbarous, that would be a crime against humanity!

    Banzai! Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
  • As for Fiji, the crime against humanity is evidently to be hushed up.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • What a sin against God, what a crime against humanity, did these Massachusetts legislators vote to perpetuate!

    The Slavery Question John M. Landrum
  • Where, sir, was this notion of “a sin against God and a crime against humanity” when they voted for that clause?

    The Slavery Question John M. Landrum

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