genocide etymology

English word genocide comes from a combination of Ancient Greek γένος (genos - variously translated as offspring, descendants, family, tribe, race, kind, etc.) and Latin caedō (kill). The term was reportedly coined by the legal scholar Raphael Lemkin in 1943 or 1944

Detailed word origin of genocide

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*ǵenh₁ Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to produce, beget, give birth
*ǵénh₁os Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) race, lineage
γένος Ancient Greek (grc) offspring, descendants, family, clan, nation, tribe, race, kind
kh₂eyd- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to cut, hew
caedo Latin (lat) kill, cut, fell (also: caedō)
genocide English (eng) To commit genocide (against); to eliminate (a group of people) completely. (by extension) The systematic suppression of ideas on the basis of cultural or ethnic origin; culturicide. The systematic killing of substantial numbers of people on the basis of their ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, social status, or other particularities.

Words with the same origin as genocide

Descendants of *lēg-
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Descendants of γένος
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Descendants of -alis
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