[Ads-l] ethnocide (1944)

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 21 20:03:50 UTC 2014

OED3 (Mar. 2014 update) has "ethnocide" from 1968. But it appears in a
footnote in the same 1944 book that introduced "genocide."

1944 R. Lemkin _Axis Rule in Occupied Europe_ ix 79 Another term could
be used for the same idea, namely, _ethnocide_, consisting of the
Greek word "ethnos" -- nation -- and the Latin word "cide."

(Lemkin treated "ethnocide" as a synonym for "genocide," though later
writers would create a distinction between the two terms.)


Ben Zimmer

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