- 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
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- 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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