- concentration camp 1901, "compound for noncombatants in a war zone" (see CONCENTRATION (Cf. concentration)); a controversial idea from the second Boer War (1899-1902), and the term emerged with a bad odor. In ref. to prisons for dissidents and minorities in Nazi Germany from 1934, in Soviet Russia from 1935.
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concentration camp — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms concentration camp : singular concentration camp plural concentration camps a place like a prison where ordinary people are kept during a war and where they have to live in very unpleasant conditions … English dictionary
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concentration camp — Synonyms and related words: Belsen, Konzentrationslager, Lager, POW camp, abattoir, aceldama, barrack, barracks, bastille, bivouac, black hole, borstal, borstal institution, bridewell, brig, butchery, camp, campground, campsite, cantonment,… … Moby Thesaurus
concentration camp — noun a) A camp where large numbers of persons mdash;such as political prisoners, prisoners of war, refugees mdash;are detained for the purpose of concentrating them in one place. b) A camp or premises in which persons considered to be undesirable … Wiktionary
concentration camp — noun Date: 1901 a camp where persons (as prisoners of war, political prisoners, or refugees) are detained or confined … New Collegiate Dictionary