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genocide

[jen-uh-sahyd]
noun
  1. the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.
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Origin of genocide

1940–45; < Greek géno(s) race + -cide
Related formsgen·o·cid·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for genocidal

genocide

noun
  1. the policy of deliberately killing a nationality or ethnic group
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Derived Formsgenocidal, adjective

Word Origin for genocide

C20: from geno-, from Greek genos race + -cide
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Word Origin and History for genocidal

adj.

1948, from genocide + -al (1). Related: Genocidally.

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genocide

n.

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.

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genocidal in Culture

genocide

[(jen-uh-seyed)]

The deliberate destruction of an entire race or nation. The Holocaust conducted by the Nazis in Germany and the Rwandan genocide are examples of attempts at genocide.

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