pogrom


1po·grom

noun \ˈpō-grəm, ˈpä-; pō-ˈgräm, pə-\

: the organized killing of many helpless people usually because of their race or religion

Full Definition of POGROM

:  an organized massacre of helpless people; specifically :  such a massacre of Jews

Origin of POGROM

Yiddish, from Russian, literally, devastation
First Known Use: 1903

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

2pogrom

verb

Definition of POGROM

transitive verb
:  to massacre or destroy in a pogrom

First Known Use of POGROM

1915

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with POGROM

pogrom

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Mob attack, condoned by authorities, against persons and property of a religious, racial, or national minority. The term is usually applied to attacks on Jews in Russia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. After the assassination of Tsar Alexander II (1881), false rumours associating Jews with the murder aroused Russian mobs in more than 200 cities and towns to attack Jews and destroy their property. Mob attacks diminished in the 1890s, but they again became common in 1903–06. Although the government did not organize pogroms, its anti-Semitic policy (1881–1917) and reluctance to stop the attacks led many anti-Semites to believe that their violence was legitimate. Pogroms also occurred in Poland and in Germany during Adolf Hitler's regime.

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