po·​grom | \ pə-ˈgräm How to pronounce pogrom (audio) , -ˈgrəm, pō-; ˈpō-grəm, ˈpä- How to pronounce pogrom (audio) \

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The pogrom was incited by the government of then-Turkish premier Adnan Menderes and his ruling Democrat Party. David I. Klein, sun-sentinel.com, 17 Nov. 2021 An American Tail, about a family of Jewish mice escaping a pogrom. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Mar. 2022 Kyiv’s memorial to Babyn Yar — the pogrom memorialized by Dmitri Shostakovich in his Symphony No. 13, which Muti and the CSO widely performed and recorded in a Grammy-winning album — lies ravaged. Hannah Edgar, chicagotribune.com, 29 Mar. 2022 While pro-Russians have since then constructed a myth of Ukrainian Nazis incinerating them in a modern-day pogrom, that is clearly nonsense, like Putin recently babbling about an imaginary Ukrainian genocide against Russian-speakers. Tim Judah, The New York Review of Books, 19 Feb. 2022 There are Israeli soldiers nearby who make no attempt to interfere and who leave the area while the pogrom is going on. David Shulman, The New York Review of Books, 10 Feb. 2022 What happened that day in Halat al-Dab’ is not different in kind from the pogrom in Nikolayev, in Ukraine, in the early years of the twentieth century, when my grandmother’s brother was killed by Cossacks. David Shulman, The New York Review of Books, 10 Feb. 2022 The group then began a pogrom, killing some 3,000 men and boys and kidnapping and enslaving thousands of women and girls. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 By a conservative estimate, several hundred Jews died during the pogrom. Caleb Crain, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

11 May 2022

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“Pogrom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pogrom. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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