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

war′ crime`


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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Cameroon, for example, did not extradite 12 Rwandan warcrime suspects despite threats of sanctions from the UN.
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Warcrime, Tyne Bridge North Tower, Newcastle, (until Saturday) (0191) 232-1232.