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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Anti-Rohingya pogroms have been a part of life in the region for years, and violence against them began ratcheting up again in October 2016, as the Myanmar government started complaining about violence by Rohingya militants. Fox News, "A year later, fractured Rohingya community sees little hope," 24 Aug. 2018 This new wave of anti-Semitism could, and in fact did, produce a kind of American pogrom. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "My Jewish wedding was the day of the Pittsburgh shooting. Anti-Semites threatened it.," 2 Nov. 2018 Christmas was a night of possible pogroms and violence, with so many celebrants, often drunk, going from house to house. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "In the US, Jews have been eating American Chinese food on Christmas for over 100 years.," 21 Dec. 2018 This became clear in 1966, when pogroms by northern Nigerians against the minority Igbo tribe killed up to 100,000 people. Martin Peretz, WSJ, "Let’s Get the U.N. Out of the U.S.," 28 Sep. 2018 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

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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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