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

GCIDE

  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.

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

Wiktionary

  1. holocaustnoun

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

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

  2. holocaustnoun

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

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

  3. holocaustnoun

    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.

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

  4. Holocaustnoun

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Holocaustnoun

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

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

  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.]

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

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."

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. Gideon Taylor:

    The results are both shocking and saddening and they underscore why we must act now while Holocaust Remembrance survivors are still with us to voice their stories.

  2. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:

    What's 'ridiculous and sad' is that President Obama does not take Iran's repeated threats seriously. For decades, Iranian leaders have pledged to 'destroy,' 'annihilate,' and 'wipe Israel off the map' with a 'big Holocaust,' 'Never again' will be the policy of my administration and I will stand with our ally Israel to prevent the terrorists in Tehran from achieving their own stated goal of another Holocaust.

  3. Director Gianfranco Rosi:

    I think that we all are responsible for that tragedy and perhaps after the Holocaust it's one of the greatest tragedies the world has ever seen.

  4. Mike Huckabee:

    In an interview with Breitbart News, Mike Huckabee put Mike Huckabee opposition to the Iran deal in the starkest terms possible, saying that President Barack Obama is on the verge of causing another Holocaust. It is so naive that Mike Huckabee would trust the Iranians. By doing so, Mike Huckabee will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.

  5. Donald Trump:

    We will never, ever be silent in the face of evil again. Denying the Holocaust is only one of many dangerous forms of anti-Semitism that continues all around the world, this is my pledge to you: We will confront anti-Semitism. We will stamp out prejudice, we will condemn hatred, we will bear witness and we will act. As President of the United States, I will always stand with the Jewish people, and I will always stand with our great partner and friend, the state of Israel.

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