the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.

1940–45; < Greek géno(s) race + -cide

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

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Word Origin & History

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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Cultural Dictionary
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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Example sentences for genocide
It is sometimes used interchangeably with the more connotatively severe term genocide.
Such acts could also fall within the meaning of the genocide convention.
This provocative outcry of genocide was voiced only decades later.
He has also been vocal in speaking out against the genocide occurring in darfur.
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