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

  • noun Any of various crimes, such as genocide or the mistreatment of prisoners of war, committed during a war and considered in violation of the conventions of warfare.

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  • noun law A punishable offense, under international law, for violations of the law of war by any person or persons, military or civilian.

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  • noun a crime committed in wartime; violation of rules of war

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