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EtymologyEdit

zer- +‎ kreuzen (to interbreed).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌtsɛɐ̯ˈkʁɔʏ̯tsən/, /tsɐ-/, [t͡sɛɐ̯ˈkʁɔʏ̯t͡sn̩]
  • Hyphenation: zer‧kreu‧zen

VerbEdit

zerkreuzen (third-person singular simple present zerkreuzt, past tense zerkreuzte, past participle zerkreuzt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive, obsolete, proscribed, offensive) To contaminate a people; to ruin through interbreeding.

Usage notesEdit

  • The word is part of Nazi-era terminology, whose use in a German context today can be very problematic and offensive. The word zerkreuzen is little known, however.

ReferencesEdit

  • Michael, Robert; Doerr, Karin (2002) Nazi-Deutsch/Nazi-German: An English lexicon of the language of the Third Reich, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, →ISBN, page 267