Definition of genocide in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjenəˌsīd/


The deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.
Example sentences
  • The answer to how people or states convince themselves to commit murder or genocide is complex.
  • Churchill argues that the experiences of his people are nothing less than genocide.
  • After we liberated Europe we did not come home to deny freedoms and practise genocide here.
mass murder, mass homicide, massacre;
annihilation, extermination, elimination, liquidation, eradication, decimation, butchery, bloodletting;


1940s: from Greek genos 'race' + -cide.

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Syllabification: gen·o·cide

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