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concentration camp

noun
1.
a guarded compound for the detention or imprisonment of aliens, members of ethnic minorities, political opponents, etc., especially any of the camps established by the Nazis prior to and during World War II for the confinement and persecution of prisoners.
Origin of concentration camp
1900-1905
1900-05, applied orig. to camps where noncombatants were placed during the Boer War
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  • Next door to us across the line there is a concentration camp of Boche prisoners.

  • The only clue I had was that she had been removed to a concentration camp at Berlin.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • The bloodboltered shambles in act five is a forecast of the concentration camp sung by Mr Swinburne.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • An unfavorable one meant the concentration camp for everybody.

    Satan and the Comrades Ralph Bennitt
  • He was discharged from the hospital as cured, and interned in a concentration camp in Germany not far from the Dutch frontier.

    Where the Path Breaks Charles de Crspigny
British Dictionary definitions for concentration camp

concentration camp

noun
1.
a guarded prison camp in which nonmilitary prisoners are held, esp one of those in Nazi Germany in which millions were exterminated
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Word Origin and History for concentration camp
n.

1901, "compound for noncombatants in a war zone" (see concentration); a controversial idea from the second Boer War (1899-1902), and the term emerged with a bad odor. In reference to prisons for dissidents and minorities in Nazi Germany from 1934, in Soviet Russia from 1935.

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concentration camp in Culture

concentration camp definition


A place for assembling and confining political prisoners and enemies of a nation. Concentration camps are particularly associated with the rule of the Nazis in Germany, who used them to confine millions of Jews as a group to be purged from the German nation. Communists, Gypsies, homosexuals, and other persons considered undesirable according to Nazi principles, or who opposed the government, were also placed in concentration camps and eventually executed in large groups. (See Holocaust.)

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