po·​grom | \pə-ˈgräm, -ˈgrəm, pō-;ˈpō-grəm, ˈpä- \

Definition of pogrom 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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


pogromed; pogroming; pogroms

Definition of pogrom (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to massacre or destroy in a pogrom

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Before the shooting, a user with the name Robert Bowers posted a threatening message about HIAS, a global Jewish agency that resettles refugees originally founded to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Europe. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Suspect in Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Faces 29 Federal Charges," 27 Oct. 2018 The Muslim Rohingyas have faced generations of discrimination in largely Buddhist Myanmar, denied citizenship rights, attacked in pogroms and sometimes not able to practice their faith openly. Julhas Alam, Fox News, "Rohingya refugees celebrate holiday amid memories of home," 22 Aug. 2018 The angry crowds coded as mobs are those whose actions are later condemned by history — the pogroms that murdered Jews in Russia or the lynch mobs of the Jim Crow South. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Apple crushed Alex Jones — then tossed him a lifeline," 8 Aug. 2018 The author’s connection with Rwanda dates back to his mother, who was born there in 1959 but fled to Burundi with her family four years later after an anti-Tutsi pogrom broke out. New York Times, "A French-Rwandan Rap Star Turned Novelist From Burundi," 29 May 2018 In the 1890s his family had fled the Jewish pogroms in Lithuania. The Economist, "David Goldblatt died on June 25th," 28 June 2018 The refugees have come in waves: In the late 19th century, eastern European Jews who fled the pogroms of Poland and Russia streamed across the Atlantic and soon established themselves as an integral part of American society. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "5 Refugees Who Changed Modern American History," 20 June 2018 If conservatives, like us, should enhance our educational experience under liberal schools’ pogroms against conservatives, should liberals not seek out conservative colleges? WSJ, "Campus Conservatives as an Underclass and Safe Target," 4 June 2018 But Sharma said that textbooks written under the Congress Party governments were also critical of past failures of the party, not shying away from the its repressive rule during the Emergency of the 1970s and the anti-Sikh pogroms in the 1980s. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "India’s new textbooks are promoting the prime minister’s favorite policies, critics allege," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of pogrom


1891, in the meaning defined above


1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pogrom


Yiddish, from Russ, literally, devastation

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English Language Learners Definition of pogrom

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

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