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.
The systematic elimination of an ethnic group or groups from a region or society, as by deportation, forced emigration, or genocide.
The systematic attempt to eliminate an ethnic group from a country or region as by forced expulsion or mass execution.
From ethnic + cleansing. Perhaps compare Serbo-Croatianetničko čišćenje, though this is probably attested later. Originally used of (still chiefly associated with) the wars in former Yugoslavia during the 1990s.
Ethnic-cleansing Sentence Examples
This war ended, as far as such wars ever end, with a massive ethnic cleansing.
The attempt to try to homogenize states must involve complicity in ethnic cleansing.
complicity in ethnic cleansing.
NATO stopped the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo in March, April, May and June of 1999.
He also said his country would keep letting in all those fleeing what the West calls ethnic cleansing in the Serb region of Kosovo.