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death camp

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noun
  1. a concentration camp in which the inmates are unlikely to survive or to which they have been sent to be executed.
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Origin of death camp

First recorded in 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for death camp

death camp

noun
  1. 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

n.

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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