[ jen-uh-sahyd ]
/ ˈdʒɛn əˌsaɪd /


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

Origin of genocide

1940–45; < Greek géno(s) race + -cide

Related forms

gen·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


/ (ˈdʒɛnəʊˌsaɪd) /


the policy of deliberately killing a nationality or ethnic group

Derived Forms

genocidal, adjective

Word Origin for genocide

C20: from geno-, from Greek genos race + -cide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Culture definitions for 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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.