Definition of Khmer Rouge in English:

Khmer Rouge

Syllabification: Khmer Rouge
Pronunciation: /ˌkme(ə)r ˈro͞oZH
 
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  • A communist guerrilla organization that opposed the Cambodian government in the 1960s and waged a civil war from 1970, taking power in 1975.

Under Pol Pot the Khmer Rouge forced the reconstruction of Cambodian society with mass deportations from the towns to the countryside and mass executions. More than two million died before the regime was overthrown by the Vietnamese in 1979. Khmer Rouge forces have continued a program of guerrilla warfare from bases in Thailand

Origin

from Khmer + French rouge 'red'.

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