Genocide definition

jĕnə-sīd
The systematic and widespread extermination or attempted extermination of a national, racial, religious, or ethnic group.
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The systematic destruction of a national or ethnic group, specif. by means of execution or murder.
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The systematic killing of substantial numbers of people on the basis of their ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, social status, or other particularities.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
genocide
Plural:
genocides

Origin of genocide

  • Greek genos race genə- in Indo-European roots –cide

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Coined in 1943 by Raphael Lemkin (1900–1959), a Polish-Jewish legal scholar, to describe what the Turkish government perpetrated against the Armenian people between about 1915 and 1918: the Armenian Genocide. From the stem of Ancient Greek γένος (génos, “race, kind”) or Latin gēns (“tribe, clan”) (as in genus), +‎ -cide (“killing, killer”).

    From Wiktionary