war crime

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war crime

n.
Any of various crimes, such as genocide or the mistreatment of prisoners of war, committed during a war and considered in violation of the conventions of warfare.

war criminal n.

war crime

n
(Law) a crime committed in wartime in violation of the accepted rules and customs of war, such as genocide, ill-treatment of prisoners of war, etc
war criminal n

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n.
Usually, war crimes. crimes committed against an enemy, prisoners of war, or subjects in wartime that violate international agreements or, as in the case of genocide, are offenses against humanity.
[1940–45]
war′ crim`inal, n.
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Noun1.war crime - a crime committed in wartime; violation of rules of war
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
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Kanzaki, whose party is the coalition partner of Koizumi's Liberal Democratic Party, said the prime minister's visits to Yasukuni, where Class A war criminals from World War II are also honored, are inconsistent with Cabinet policy as past leaders have issued statements reflecting on Japan's invasions.
Former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone proposed Wednesday enshrining Class A war criminals separately from the Japanese war dead at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, so that the emperor and Japanese premiers can visit the Shinto shrine without angering neighboring countries.
Wu told Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Yoshiji Nogami that Chinese people are fiercely angry with Koizumi's decision to pay homage at Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Class A war criminals.