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genocide Line breaks: geno|cide
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛnəsʌɪd/

Definition of genocide in English:


[mass noun]
The deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular nation or ethnic group: a campaign of genocide [count noun]: news of genocides went unreported
More 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.
racial killing, massacre, wholesale slaughter, mass slaughter, wholesale killing, indiscriminate killing;
mass murder, mass homicide, mass destruction, annihilation, extermination, elimination, liquidation, eradication, decimation, butchery, bloodbath, bloodletting;
pogrom, ethnic cleansing, holocaust, Shoah
literary slaying
rare battue, hecatomb


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

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