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death camp

a concentration camp in which the inmates are unlikely to survive or to which they have been sent to be executed.
Origin of death camp
First recorded in 1940-45 Unabridged
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  • He took the path he had previously traversed, and came upon the death camp late in the afternoon.

    Sanders of the River Edgar Wallace
  • I had changed my clothes at the death camp that I might have a neat clean shroud if I died.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • No word came of Woodhull, or of two others who could not be identified as among the victims at the death camp.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
  • From a high sandy crest I turned a farewell glance at the death camp.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
British Dictionary definitions for death camp

death camp

a concentration camp in which the conditions are so brutal that few prisoners survive, or one to which prisoners are sent for execution
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Word Origin and History for death camp

1944, in reference to the Nazis, probably translating German Todeslager; they also were known as extermination camps (German Vernichtungslager); historians usually count six of them: Auschwitz-Birkenau, Chełmno, Bełżec, Majdanek, Sobibór, Treblinka.

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