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noun

Usually war crimes . crimes committed against an enemy, prisoners of war, or subjects in wartime that violate international agreements or, as in the case of genocide, are offenses against humanity.

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Origin of war crime

First recorded in 1940–45

OTHER WORDS FROM war crime

war criminal, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for war crime

war crime

noun

a crime committed in wartime in violation of the accepted rules and customs of war, such as genocide, ill-treatment of prisoners of war, etc

Derived forms of war crime

war criminal, noun
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