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ethnic cleansing

Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The mass extermination or expulsion of people belonging to one ethnic or religious group by those of another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the mass expulsion and killing of one ethnic or religious group in an area by another ethnic or religious group in that area

Etymologies

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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