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social cleansing Syllabification: so·cial cleans·ing

Definition of social cleansing in English:


The large-scale removal from an area of members of a social category regarded as undesirable: the demolition of large swathes of council housing smacks of social cleansing
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  • The result in some areas is social cleansing, with the rich creating exclusive enclaves.
  • Police officers have allegedly been involved in these attacks, pointing to a systematic campaign of social cleansing.
  • We also see a lot of social cleansing, a pattern of continual low-level harassment and threats to drive undesirables out.
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