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A Cambodian Communist movement that was active as a guerrilla force from 1970 to the late 1990s and held power under the leadership of Pol Pot from 1975 to 1979.
[French, Red Khmer : khmer, Khmer + rouge, red.]
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the Kampuchean communist party, which seized power (1975) in a civil war: in exile since 1979, dispersed in 1999
Khmer Rouge(ˈkmɛər ˈruʒ, kəˈmɛər)
n., pl. Khmers Rouges (ˈkmɛər ˈruʒ, kəˈmɛər)
1. a Cambodian guerrilla and rebel force, orig. Communist and Communist-backed.
2. a member or supporter of this force.
[< French Khmer (or Khmère) rouge literally, red Khmer]
A Cambodian Communist guerrilla force 1970–89 led by Pol Pot.
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|Noun||1.||Khmer Rouge - a communist organization formed in Cambodia in 1970; became a terrorist organization in 1975 when it captured Phnom Penh and created a government that killed an estimated three million people; was defeated by Vietnamese troops but remained active until 1999|
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear