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

Examples of pogrom in a Sentence

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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 An anti-Tamil pogrom began across the country, killing between 400 and 3,000 Tamils and forcing thousands to flee the country. Longreads, "A Chance to Rewrite History: The Women Fighters of the Tamil Tigers," 22 May 2018 The assertion of sub-human status throughout history has often gone hand-in-hand with systematic discrimination or atrocities including pogroms, lynching andgenocide. James Martherus, Washington Post, "Trump is not the only one who calls opponents ‘animals.’ Democrats and Republicans do it to each other.," 21 May 2018 Israelis see Abbas as weak, and his recent remarks blaming Jews for the Holocaust, and pogroms throughout European history, hardly help his standing as a peace broker. Daniel Byman, Vox, "Trump and Obama both ignored Gaza — at great cost," 15 May 2018 The brooch was hidden during a Jewish pogrom stirred by the Black Death, regularly blamed on the Jews. WSJ, "Five Best: Lionel Shriver," 4 May 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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