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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
1900-1905
1900-05, applied orig. to camps where noncombatants were placed during the Boer War
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  • They are running a concentration camp, not a shelter.
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  • concentration camp prisoners drinking and washing from one of the camp's pumps.
  • The overhead lights and muddy flats between the silent, windowless buildings suggested a concentration camp.
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

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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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