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Genocide has been defined as the deliberate killing of people based on their ethnicity, nationality, race, religion, or (sometimes) politics. There is disagreement over whether the term genocide ought to be used for politically-motivated mass murders in general (compare "democide").

The word genocide was coined by Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jew, in 1944, from the roots genos (Greek for family, tribe or race) and -cide (Latin for killing). Lemkin campaigned for the international laws defining and forbidding genocide (in the non-political sense), and achieved his goal in 1951. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocide [Apr 2004]

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