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ethnic cleansing

the elimination of an unwanted ethnic group or groups from a society, as by genocide or forced emigration.
Origin of ethnic cleansing
First recorded in 1985-90 Unabridged
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  • ethnic cleansing has many faces, brutality is not its integrated feature.

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  • This instability of boundaries led to ethnic cleansing, to numerous international congresses, to fitful wars.

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  • It is only when ethnic cleansing is combined with self-determination that a fracturing of the solutions occurs.

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  • There are many variants of this malignant, brutal, condemnable, criminal and inefficient form of ethnic cleansing.

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British Dictionary definitions for ethnic cleansing

ethnic cleansing

(euphemistic) the violent removal by one ethnic group of other ethnic groups from the population of a particular area: used esp of the activities of Serbs against Croats and Muslims in the former Yugoslavia
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ethnic cleansing in Culture

ethnic cleansing definition

A euphemism to describe the forceful removal or genocide of minority ethnic groups (see ethnicity) during the breakup of Yugoslavia. It was used mainly to describe the Serbs' attacks on Muslims in Bosnia and Albanians in Kosovo. (See Slobodan Milosevic and Kosovo War.)

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