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Definition of "genocide" []

  • The systematic and planned extermination of an entire national, racial, political, or ethnic group. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "genocide" in a sentence
  • "The report was about the horrors in Darfur; the Bush administration using the term genocide to describe what was happening."
  • "Turkey rejects the term genocide and says between 300,000 and 500,000 Armenians, and at least as many Turks, died in combat or from starvation when Armenians rose up and sided with invading Russian forces."
  • "Many historians agree, but Turkey disputes the term "genocide" and claims many Turks died during fighting in eastern Turkey in 1915 and 1916."