the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.

Nearby words

  1. genoa,
  2. genoa cake,
  3. genoa salami,
  4. genocidaire,
  5. genocidal,
  6. genocopy,
  7. genodermatosis,
  8. genoese,
  9. genogram,
  10. genom

Origin of genocide

1940–45; < Greek géno(s) race + -cide

Related formsgen·o·cid·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for genocide

British Dictionary definitions for genocide



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

Word Origin for genocide

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

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Word Origin and History for genocide


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Culture definitions for genocide



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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