Simple Definition of holocaust
the Holocaust : the killing of millions of Jews and other people by the Nazis during World War II
: an event or situation in which many people are killed and many things are destroyed especially by fire
Full Definition of holocaust
1 : a sacrifice consumed by fire
2 : a thorough destruction involving extensive loss of life especially through fire <a nuclear holocaust>
3 a often capitalized : the mass slaughter of European civilians and especially Jews by the Nazis during World War II —usually used with the b : a mass slaughter of people; especially : genocide
Examples of holocaust in a sentence
The museum is devoted to the Holocaust.
There were fears of a nuclear holocaust.
Origin and Etymology of holocaust
Middle English, from Late Latin holocaustum, from Greek holokauston, from neuter of holokaustos burnt whole, from hol- + kaustos burnt, from kaiein to burn — more at caustic
First Known Use: 13th century
HOLOCAUST Defined for Kids
Definition of holocaust for Students
1 : a complete destruction especially by fire
2 often cap : the killing of civilians and especially Jews by the Nazis during World War II
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