genocide

[ jen-uh-sahyd ]
/ ˈdʒɛn əˌsaɪd /

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM genocide

gen·o·cid·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for genocidal

genocide
/ (ˈdʒɛnəʊˌsaɪd) /

noun

the policy of deliberately killing a nationality or ethnic group

Derived forms of genocide

genocidal, adjective

Word Origin for genocide

C20: from geno-, from Greek genos race + -cide
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Cultural definitions for genocidal

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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