Ethnic-cleansing meaning

The definition of ethnic cleansing is the mass killing or forced removal of a certain ethnic or religious group with the purpose of creating an area with people who all share the same religion, culture, ethnicity and history.

An example of ethnic cleansing is the expulsion of 450,000 Palestinians from Kuwait in 1991.

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The systematic elimination of an ethnic group or groups from a region or society, as by deportation, forced emigration, or genocide.
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The systematic attempt to eliminate an ethnic group from a country or region as by forced expulsion or mass execution.
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The mass extermination or expulsion of people belonging to one ethnic or religious group by those of another.
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Origin of ethnic-cleansing

  • From ethnic + cleansing. Perhaps compare Serbo-Croatian etničko čišćenje, though this is probably attested later. Originally used of (still chiefly associated with) the wars in former Yugoslavia during the 1990s.
    From Wiktionary