ethnic cleansing

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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ethnic cleansing (uncountable)

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

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