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war crime

Definition of War Crime

(noun) Any criminal action carried out during war time that violates codes of conduct or conventions of warfare, typically referring to violations of the Geneva Conventions.

War Crime Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: war crime

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /wɔr kraɪm/
  • British English – /wɔː kraɪm/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: war crimes
  • A type of crime.
  • An individual who commits a war crime is a (noun) war criminal.

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of War Crime

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “war crime.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 10, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/war-crime/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

war crime. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/war-crime/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “war crime.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 10, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/war-crime/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“war crime.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 10 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/war-crime/>.