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"Ethnocide" means "destruction or murder of an ethnic group". It comes from the Greek "έθνος" and the Latin "caedere". In contrast to the more-general term "genocide" (pertaining to a case in which significant numbers of people are murdered, and with "genus" referring to either ethnic, class, or familial distinction), "ethnocide" refers to the specific and targeted destruction of an ethnic group.
The Holocaust was really less of a genocide than it was an ethnocide, since the Nazis (Yemach shemam.) specifically intended to destroy the Jewish ethnic group.
by Nickidewbear February 26, 2014

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