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Princeton's WordNet

  1. war crime(noun)

    a crime committed in wartime; violation of rules of war


  1. war crime(Noun)

    A punishable offense, under international law, for violations of the law of war by any person or persons, military or civilian.


  1. War crime

    A war crime is a serious violation of the laws applicable in armed conflict giving rise to individual criminal responsibility. Examples of war crimes include "murder, the ill-treatment or deportation of civilian residents of an occupied territory to slave labor camps," "the murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war," the killing of prisoners, "the wanton destruction of cities, towns and villages, and any devastation not justified by military, or civilian necessity." Similar concepts, such as perfidy, have existed for many centuries as customs between civilized countries, but these customs were first codified as international law in the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907. The modern concept of a war crime was further developed under the auspices of the Nuremberg Trials based on the definition in the London Charter that was published on August 8, 1945. Along with war crimes the charter also defined crimes against peace and crimes against humanity, which are often committed during wars and in concert with war crimes. Article 22 of The Hague IV states that "The right of belligerents to adopt means of injuring the enemy is not unlimited" and over the last century many other treaties have introduced positive laws that place constraints on belligerents. Some of the provisions, such as those in The Hague, the Geneva, and Genocide Conventions, are considered to be part of customary international law, and are binding on all. Others are only binding on individuals if the belligerent power to which they belong is a party to the treaty which introduced the constraint.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of war crime in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of war crime in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Widney Brown:

    Each of these assaults constitutes a war crime.

  2. Myron Tabora:

    But what is a war crime with what the Russians did? i heard about Polish people being killed in Ukraine, but Poles were killing Ukrainians just the same.

  3. Pavlo Klimkin:

    Bringing such a highly sophisticated, extremely dangerous anti-air missile into Donbass is an example of actions which could be and should be treated as an act of terrorism and a war crime.

  4. Israel Ganor:

    Any deliberate attacks aimed against civilians is a war crime, regardless if they are family members of terrorists or presidents or presidential candidates, adopting this policy is immoral and against the common liberal democratic values.

  5. Russian President Vladimir Putin:

    If somebody thought that after committing a treacherous war crime -- the killing of our people -- it would be possible to get away with mere restrictions on the trade of tomatoes, or some other restrictions ... then they are grossly mistaken, we shall remind them many times about what they've done, and they will regret what they've done for a long time.

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