concentration camp


noun

a guarded compound for the mass detention without hearings or the imprisonment without trial of civilians, as refugees, members of ethnic minorities, political opponents, etc.
a Nazi prison camp or death camp prior to and during World War II.

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Origin of concentration camp

First recorded in 1900–05, applied originally to camps where noncombatants were placed during the Boer War
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British Dictionary definitions for concentration camp

concentration camp

noun

a guarded prison camp in which nonmilitary prisoners are held, esp one of those in Nazi Germany in which millions were exterminated
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Cultural definitions for concentration camp

concentration camp

A place for assembling and confining political prisoners and enemies of a nation. Concentration camps are particularly associated with the rule of the Nazis in Germany, who used them to confine millions of Jews (see also Jews) as a group to be purged from the German nation. Communists, Gypsies, homosexuals, and other persons considered undesirable according to Nazi principles, or who opposed the government, were also placed in concentration camps and eventually executed in large groups. (See Holocaust.)

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