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war crime

war crime ( n )
:an act committed usu. during an international war for which individual criminal liability will be imposed by a domestic or international tribunal

specif :a violation of the laws or customs of war as embodied or recognized by international treaty, court decisions, or established practice usu. used in pl. Following World War II, the Charter of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg first codified war crimes including crimes against humanity. Also encompassed in the legal concept of war crimes is the crime of planning or waging a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties.

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