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 This searing investigative work shadows a group of activists risking unimaginable peril to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ pogrom raging in the repressive and closed Russian republic. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Taylor Swift doc among movies headed to 2020 Sundance Film Festival," 4 Dec. 2019 Motorists along Highway 64, the road running past the historic site, now can learn that Jews were an essential ingredient in the American experiment, long before 19th-century pogroms brought millions more to the United States. Andrew Lawler, Smithsonian, "America’s First Practicing Jew in America Finally Gets His Due," 21 Sep. 2019 Edith was born in Odessa, coming to America in 1906 with her family after a pogrom but with backup cash. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Edith Halpert and American Modernism," 14 Dec. 2019 These instruments have survived concentration camps, pogroms and many long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "These violins survived the Holocaust. Now they're coming to Louisville," 15 Oct. 2019 In Fiddler on the Roof, the town of Anatevka struggles to hold on to its traditions as the world changes around it, and the threat of pogroms looms. Lin-manuel Miranda, The Atlantic, "All Art Is Political," 8 Nov. 2019 The family had fled the pogroms of Eastern Europe in 1905, leaving their home in Odessa, which was then part of the Russian empire and now a city in southern Ukraine. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Dr. Benjamin Emanuel, father of former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, dies at age 92," 4 Oct. 2019 Stephens, born Louis Ehrlich in Kishinev (then tsarist Russia, now Moldova) in 1901, fled with his family in the wake of an especially vicious pogrom. David Klion, The New Republic, "The Conscience of Bret Stephens," 24 Sep. 2019 The 1921 Tulsa Race Riots are better remembered as a massacre or a pogrom, says John W. Franklin, who has spent years working on reconciliation in Tulsa. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "USA TODAY Commissions an Original Poem by Poet Richard Blanco to Mark the Anniversary of the El Paso Shooting: raceAhead," 3 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of pogrom was in 1891

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19 Jan 2020

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“Pogrom.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pogrom. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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