genocidal

genocide

[jen-uh-sahyd]
noun
the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.

Origin:
1940–45; < Greek géno(s) race + -cide

genocidal, adjective
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genocide (ˈdʒɛnəʊˌsaɪd)
 
n
the policy of deliberately killing a nationality or ethnic group
 
[C20: from geno-, from Greek genos race + -cide]
 
geno'cidal
 
adj

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genocide
1944, apparently coined by Polish-born U.S. jurist Raphael Lemkin in his work "Axis Rule in Occupied Europe" [p.19], in reference to Nazi extermination of Jews, lit. "killing a tribe," from Gk. genos "race, kind" (see genus) + -cide. The proper formation would be *genticide.
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genocide [(jen-uh-seyed)]

The deliberate destruction of an entire race or nation. The Holocaust conducted by the Nazis in Germany and the Rwandan genocide are examples of attempts at genocide.

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