from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The systematic elimination of an ethnic group or groups from a region or society, as by deportation, forced emigration, or genocide.
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- n. The mass extermination or expulsion of people belonging to one ethnic or religious group by those of another.
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- n. the mass expulsion and killing of one ethnic or religious group in an area by another ethnic or religious group in that area
From ethnic + cleansing. Perhaps compare Serbo-Croatian etničko čišćenje, though this is probably attested later. Originally used of (and still chiefly associated with) the wars in former Yugoslavia during the 1990s. (Wiktionary)
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