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

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Combine those results with the latest rise in prominence and rhetoric of white nationalists, many of whom generally downplay the pogrom’s death toll or deny the event happened at all, and a troubling correlation is easy to see. Tony Rehagen, BostonGlobe.com, "A Holocaust survivor built a remarkable monument to hope and memory. Now that she’s gone, who will remind us?," 16 Aug. 2019 The pogroms by the Myanmar military were aided by mobs of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "The Government Cut Their Internet. Will Abuses Now Remain Hidden?," 2 July 2019 This wasn’t an irrational worry in Europe, where pogroms didn’t need any incentive. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Review: ‘Indecent’ at the Ahmanson pays haunting tribute to a daring Yiddish play," 11 June 2019 In 1941, immediately after the Germans entered Sambir, 50 to 100 Jews were killed in a pogrom carried out by Ukrainians. Sam Sokol, sun-sentinel.com, "Rabbi helps dedicate a memorial to Ukrainian group that collaborated with the Nazis," 27 Aug. 2019 In 2002, when Modi was chief minister of the western state of Gujarat, a pogrom against Muslims left nearly a thousand dead and turned many more into refugees. Siddhartha Deb, The New Republic, "India’s Looming Ethno-Nationalist Catastrophe," 7 Aug. 2019 To him, the July 4 pogrom illustrates how stereotypes and prejudice can bring out evil in people. Washington Post, "Polish towns are declaring ‘LGBT-free zones’ while the ruling party cheers them on," 19 July 2019 The Burmese army helped lead a pogrom that sent 700,000 members of the Rohingya minority fleeing into neighbouring Bangladesh in 2017. The Economist, "Politics this week," 18 July 2019 Its original mission was to assist Jews fleeing to America from pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Jews Are Proud to Stand With Refugees," 29 Oct. 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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The first known use of pogrom was in 1891

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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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