What does holocaust mean?

Definitions for holocaustˈhɒl əˌkɔst, ˈhoʊ lə-

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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


  1. Holocaust(n.)

    Specifically: The mass killing of millions of Jews by the Nazis during the period from 1933 to 1945 in Germany and German-occupied lands; usually referred to as The Holocaust. In Hebrew, the same event is referred to by the word Shoah.

  2. Origin: [L. holocaustum, Gr. , neut. of , , burnt whole; "o`los whole + kaysto`s burnt, fr. kai`ein to burn (cf. Caustic): cf. F. holocauste.]


  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.]

  3. Origin: [L. holocaustum, Gr. , neut. of , , burnt whole; "o`los whole + kaysto`s burnt, fr. kai`ein to burn (cf. Caustic): cf. F. holocauste.]


  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."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Holocaust

    hol′o-kawst, n. a burnt sacrifice, in which the whole of the victim was consumed. [L.,—Gr. holokaustonholos, whole, kaustos, burnt.]

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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of holocaust in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of holocaust in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. German Nazis:

    We are after all the 'experts' on genocide, so it is doubly important, but in a way, we too are Holocaust deniers, so long as it isn't our Holocaust.

  2. Dan Quayle:

    The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century.

  3. Hannah Pik-Goslar:

    I'm happy that people hear about the Holocaust. I don't care how they know. Through Anne, lots of people learn about what the Germans did to the Jewish people.

  4. Barack Obama:

    The recent terrorist attacks in Paris serve as a painful reminder of our obligation to condemn and combat rising anti-Semitism in all its forms, including the denial or trivialization of the Holocaust.

  5. Israeli Ambassador Simon Roded:

    I was deeply saddened to see this trivialization and misuse of Nazi symbols in an official Thai movie, unfortunately, it is not the first time we are encountering such ignorance of the history of the Holocaust in Thailand.

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