Share this entry
ethnic cleansing Syllabification: eth·nic cleans·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈeTHnik klenziNG/

Definition of ethnic cleansing in English:


The mass expulsion or killing of members of an unwanted ethnic or religious group in a society.
Example sentences
  • The same mechanism is involved in all pogroms, all ethnic cleansing, and all wars.
  • Non-intervention in the face of mass murder or ethnic cleansing is not the same as neutrality in time of war.
  • Both have been involved in sectarian murders and ethnic cleansing.
Definition of ethnic cleansing in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources