zerkreuzen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blend of zerstören (to destroy) +‎ kreuzen (to interbreed), or zer- +‎ kreuzen.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌt͡sɛɐ̯ˈkʀɔɪ̯t͡sn̩/
  • Hyphenation: zer‧kreu‧zen

Verb[edit]

zerkreuzen (third-person singular simple present zerkreuzt, past tense zerkreuzte, past participle zerkreuzt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive, obsolete, proscribed, offensive) To contaminate a people; to ruin through interbreeding.

Usage notes[edit]

Note that the German language once was regulated by the Duden till 1996 ("Duden-Privileg", "Duden-Monopol"). Using Nazi-era terminology in a German context today, can be very problematic, offensive, or illegal in some countries.

References[edit]

  • Michael, Robert; Doerr, Karin (2002) Nazi-Deutsch/Nazi-German: An English lexicon of the language of the Third Reich, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-32106-X, page 267