Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Cambodian Communist movement that was active as a guerrilla force from 1970 to the late 1990s and held power under the leadership of Pol Pot from 1975 to 1979.

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  • proper noun A Cambodian communist guerrilla force active from the 1970s to the 1990s under the leadership of Pol Pot.

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  • noun a communist organization formed in Cambodia in 1970; became a terrorist organization in 1975 when it captured Phnom Penh and created a government that killed an estimated three million people; was defeated by Vietnamese troops but remained active until 1999

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, Red Khmer : khmer, Khmer + rouge, red.]

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From Khmer + French rouge ("red").

Examples

  • Blunk spoke just weeks before the expected trial of 79-year-old Khieu Samphan, the nominal head of state for Cambodia during the 1975-1979 Khmer Rouge rule; 84-year-old Nuon Chea, who is described as the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologue; and former foreign minister Ieng Sary and his wife, Ieng Thirith.

    Khmer Rouge Trial Judge Defends Tribunal

  • As if it needed to be pointed out again, people like Mr. Mcleroy are why the word Khmer Rouge is more applicable than "conservative".

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  • In the jungle, Pol Pot formed an armed resistance movement that became known as the Khmer Rouge (Red Cambodians) and waged a guerrilla war against Sihanouk's government.

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  • On trial are Khieu Samphan, 79, the nominal head of state; Nuon Chea, 84, described as the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologue; Ieng Sary, 85, the foreign minister; and his wife, Ieng Thirith, 79, who was minister of social affairs.

    Tribunal Opens Trial of Top Khmer Rouge Leaders

  • The Khmer Rouge were the Communist Party of Kampuchea, and their acccesion was cheered by their fellow leftists.

    Tunisia's Jasmine revolution: A flower that could be crushed | Editorial

  • On trial are Khieu Samphan, 79, the nominal head of state; Nuon Chea, 84, described as the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologue; Ieng Sary, 85, the foreign minister; and his wife, Ieng Thirith, 79, who was minister of social affairs.

    Tribunal Opens Trial of Top Khmer Rouge Leaders

  • The Khmer Rouge were the Communist Party of Kampuchea, and their acccesion was cheered by their fellow leftists.

    Tunisia's Jasmine revolution: A flower that could be crushed | Editorial

  • On trial are Khieu Samphan, 79, the nominal head of state; Nuon Chea, 84, described as the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologue; Ieng Sary, 85, the foreign minister; and his wife, Ieng Thirith, 79, who was minister of social affairs.

    Tribunal Opens Trial of Top Khmer Rouge Leaders

  • On trial are Khieu Samphan, 79, the nominal head of state; Nuon Chea, 84, described as the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologue; Ieng Sary, 85, the foreign minister; and his wife, Ieng Thirith, 79, who was minister of social affairs.

    Tribunal Opens Trial of Top Khmer Rouge Leaders

  • The Khmer Rouge were a radical Communist rebel group that rose to power during the Vietnam War and outlawed money and private property in a failed bid to turn Cambodia into a nation of agricultural collectives.

    Khmer Rouge Leader Convicted

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