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crime against humanity

noun
1.
a crime or series of crimes, such as genocide, directed against a large group because of religion, ethnicity, country of origin, or other reason unconnected with any individual's responsibility for having committed a criminal act.
Origin of crime against humanity
1940-1945
1940-45
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  • And to-day we can say that the war of starvation, that crime against humanity, has turned against those who commenced it.

    In the World War Count Ottokar Czernin
  • The Buchers asserted that the Doctrine was a crime against humanity.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • As for Fiji, the crime against humanity is evidently to be hushed up.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • That would be perfectly barbarous, that would be a crime against humanity!

    Banzai! Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
  • How many people forgive a lie sooner than a rudeness, a crime against humanity rather than an insult to honor!

    The Aesthetical Essays Friedrich Schiller
  • What a sin against God, what a crime against humanity, did these Massachusetts legislators vote to perpetuate!

    The Slavery Question John M. Landrum
  • But when it comes to a crime against humanity like war, every one is responsible.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick

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