What does Holocaust mean?

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ˈhɒl əˌkɔst, ˈhoʊ lə-Holo·caust

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. holocaustnoun

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

    "a nuclear holocaust"

  2. Holocaust, final solutionnoun

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


  1. Holocaustnoun

    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.


  1. holocaustnoun

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

  2. holocaustnoun

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

  3. holocaustnoun

    The state-sponsored mass murder of an ethnic group. In particular (and often with an initial capital) the Final Solution, 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. Holocaustnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Holocaustnoun

    A burnt sacrifice; a sacrifice of which the whole was consumed by fire, and nothing retained by the offerer.

    Etymology: ὅλος and ϰαίω.

    Isaac carried the wood for the sacrifice, which being an holocaust, or burnt offering, to be consumed unto ashes, we cannot well conceive a burthen for a boy. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Err.

    Let the eye behold no evil thing, and it is made a sacrifice; let the tongue speak no filthy word, and it becomes an oblation; let the hand do no unlawful action, and you render it a holocaust. John Ray, on the Creation.

    Eumenes cut a piece from every part of the victim, and by this he made it an holocaust, or an entire sacrifice. William Broome.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Holocaustnoun

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

  2. Holocaustnoun

    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. Etymology: [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.

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  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

Examples of Holocaust in a Sentence

  1. Shmuley Boteach:

    He is the face of the murdered 6 million (Jews killed in the Holocaust). So I think that his view on the prime minister's speech sounding the alarm as to the Iranian nuclear program carries a unique authority that transcends some of the political circus that has affected the speech.

  2. Howard Hochhauser:

    These records are also deeply personal for me, because of Arolsen Archives and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, I was able to unlock a story about my own grandmothers experiences as a Holocaust survivor in Germany.

  3. Gerda Weissmann Klein:

    One Survivor Remembers family has always believed that Mom and Dad's greatest achievement is that they were able to emerge from the Holocaust and create for themselves and their children a completely normal life in the United States. That they and others who experienced such horror were able to do so, is to One Survivor Remembers nothing short of remarkable.

  4. Olivia Marks-Woldman:

    Even 70 years after the end of the Holocaust, the need for justice remains powerful, oskar Groening was part of the Nazi killing machine which murdered 6 million Jewish people, and it is right that a court has judged him for his role. He chose to stand by and be complicit in the killing.

  5. European Jews:

    There is concern precisely because there is no longer that barrier of memory, before, people couldn't openly express their anti-Semitism because the memory of the Holocaust was there to remind people where such words lead. Now there's been a liberation of the very speech that generates acts.

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