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holocaust

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noun ho·lo·caust \ˈhō-lə-ˌkȯst, ˈhä- also -ˌkäst or ˈhȯ-lə-kȯst\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of holocaust

  1. 1 :  a sacrifice consumed by fire

  2. 2 :  a thorough destruction involving extensive loss of life especially through fire <a nuclear holocaust>

  3. 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

  1. The museum is devoted to the Holocaust.

  2. 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

Rhymes with holocaust



HOLOCAUST Defined for Kids

holocaust

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noun ho·lo·caust \ˈhä-lə-ˌkȯst, ˈhō-lə-\

Definition of holocaust for Students

  1. 1 :  a complete destruction especially by fire

  2. 2 often cap :  the killing of civilians and especially Jews by the Nazis during World War II





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