genocide

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

Origin of genocide

1
First recorded in 1940–45; from Greek géno(s) “race” + -cide

Other words from genocide

  • gen·o·cid·al, adjective

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How to use genocide in a sentence

  • We do not want to use genocidal weapons of mass destruction against the world of our birth.

    The Cosmic Computer | Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for genocide

genocide

/ (ˈdʒɛnəʊˌsaɪd) /


noun
  1. the policy of deliberately killing a nationality or ethnic group

Origin of genocide

1
C20: from geno-, from Greek genos race + -cide

Derived forms of genocide

  • genocidal, adjective

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Cultural definitions for genocide

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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