- the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.
Origin of genocide
Examples from the Web for genocidal
This was in the wake of the genocidal Hutu-Tutsi war in neighboring Rwanda.Catholic Nuns Aiding Africa's Battered Wives Are Raped and Murdered
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 10, 2014
And let's not fool ourselves about Iran's genocidal posture toward Israel even post-Ahmadinejad.Sheldon Adelson’s ‘Bomb Empty Iranian Desert’ Comment
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
October 25, 2013
Why should old men and women sleep easy in their beds if there is enough evidence to convict them of terrible, genocidal crimes?Old Nazis May Be Dying Off But Nazi Hunting Continues to Thrive
August 14, 2013
The Aché, for example, had suffered generations of genocidal attacks and slavery.Savaging Primitives: Why Jared Diamond’s ‘The World Until Yesterday’ Is Completely Wrong
January 30, 2013
I judge Bibi and Lieberman by their policies, which, though lousy, are plainly not genocidal—and I ignore the religious clothing.Bibi's Offensive Biblical Allusions
January 7, 2013
- the policy of deliberately killing a nationality or ethnic group
Word Origin and History for genocidal
1944, apparently coined by Polish-born U.S. jurist Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959) in his work "Axis Rule in Occupied Europe" [p.19], in reference to Nazi extermination of Jews, literally "killing a tribe," from Greek genos "race, kind" (see genus) + -cide. The proper formation would be *genticide.
Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killings of all members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aimed at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. [Lemkin]
Earlier in a similar sense was populicide (1799), from French populicide, by 1792, a word from the Revolution. This was taken into German, e.g. Völkermeuchelnden "genocidal" (Heine), which was Englished 1893 as folk-murdering.