Definitions for holocaustˈhɒl əˌkɔst, ˈhoʊ lə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hol•o•caustˈhɒl əˌkɔst, ˈhoʊ lə-(n.)

  1. a great or complete devastation or destruction, esp. by fire.

  2. a sacrifice consumed by fire.

  3. the Holocaust,the systematic mass slaughter of European Jews in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

    Category: Western History

  4. any reckless destruction of life.

Origin of holocaust:

1200–50; ME < LL holocaustum (Vulgate) < Gk holókauston (Septuagint), neut. of holókaustos burnt whole

Princeton's WordNet

  1. holocaust(noun)

    an act of mass destruction and loss of life (especially in war or by fire)

    "a nuclear holocaust"

  2. Holocaust, final solution(noun)

    the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime from 1941 until 1945

Wiktionary

  1. holocaust(Noun)

    A sacrifice to a god that is completely burned to ashes.

  2. holocaust(Noun)

    The annihilation or near-annihilation of a group of animals or people, whether by natural or deliberate agency (e.g., u201Cnuclear holocaustu201D)

  3. holocaust(Noun)

    The state-sponsored mass murder of an ethnic group. In particular (and often with an initial capital) the u201CFinal Solutionu201D, a euphemism used by the Nazis to describe the mass killing of Jews and others either in camps equipped with industrial gassing and crematorium equipment or by more conventional means.

  4. Holocaust(ProperNoun)

    The mass murder of Jews and other groups by the Nazi regime during World War II.

  5. Origin: From holocauste, from holocaustum, from the neuter form of ὁλόκαυστος, from ὅλος + καύστος, from καίω

Webster Dictionary

  1. Holocaust(noun)

    a burnt sacrifice; an offering, the whole of which was consumed by fire, among the Jews and some pagan nations

  2. Holocaust(noun)

    sacrifice or loss of many lives, as by the burning of a theater or a ship. [An extended use not authorized by careful writers.]

Freebase

  1. Holocaust

    Holocaust is an American television miniseries broadcast in four parts in 1978 on the NBC television network. The series tells the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of the Weiss family of German Jews and that of a rising member of the SS, who gradually becomes a merciless war criminal. Holocaust highlighted numerous important events which occurred up to and during World War II, such as Kristallnacht, the creation of Jewish ghettos and later, the use of gas chambers. Although the miniseries won several awards and received critical acclaim, it was criticized by some, including noted Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel, who described it as "untrue and offensive."

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Holocaust

    A massive slaughter, especially the systematic mass extermination of European Jews in Nazi concentration camps prior to and during World War II.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

holocaust(noun)

great destruction, usually by fire, especially of people's lives.

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