Ethnic Cleansing Definition

The systematic attempt to eliminate an ethnic group from a country or region as by forced expulsion or mass execution.
Webster's New World

The mass extermination or expulsion of people belonging to one ethnic or religious group by those of another.


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.

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