Definition of Ethnic Cleansing
(noun) A type of expulsion, in which an ethnic or religious group is forced to leave an area by another ethnic or religious group, in order to create a “pure” and homogenized area.
Ethnic Cleansing Pronunciation
Syllabification: eth·nic cleans·ing
- American English – /Eth-nik klEn-zing/
- British English – /Eth-nik klEn-zing/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈɛθnɪk ˈklɛnzɪŋ/
- British English – /ˈɛθnɪk ˈklɛnzɪŋ/
- Plural: ethnic cleansings or ethnic cleanses
- The terms “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing” are similar, however the distinction between the two is the aim of genocide is to murder a group and the aim of ethnic cleansing is to systematically remove a group. Additionally, genocide can be a part of the ethnic cleansing process. However, this distinction is not universally agreed upon in academia or lay usage.
- Also called ethnic purification.
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Cite the Definition of Ethnic Cleansing
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “ethnic cleansing.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 28, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/ethnic-cleansing/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
ethnic cleansing. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/ethnic-cleansing/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “ethnic cleansing.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 28, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/ethnic-cleansing/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“ethnic cleansing.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 28 Mar. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/ethnic-cleansing/>.