Definitions

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

  • noun Heedless or deliberate destruction of the natural environment, as by pollutants or an act of war.

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  • noun The complete destruction of an ecosystem due to human activities. It may result from exploitation of resources, nuclear warfare or the dumping of harmful chemicals.

Etymologies

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eco- + -cide

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  • Despite man’s thoughtless techno pride

    Our land mass sinks in a long slow tide.

    Our noxious emissions

    Have made the conditions

    So ripe for the planet’s ecocide.

    April 15, 2019