What does holocaust mean?

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ˈhɒl əˌkɔst, ˈhoʊ lə-holo·caust

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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

GCIDE

  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.

    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. holocaust(Noun)

    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. holocaust(Noun)

    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. 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.

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

  4. Holocaust(ProperNoun)

    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. Holocaust(noun)

    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. 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.]

    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. Felix Klein:

    I don't want to say the AfD is anti-Semitic, per se, but it tolerates representatives who are demanding a new policy of remembrance, they initiated this discussion about drawing a line (under the Holocaust) and that is very dangerous because it helps make anti-Semitism presentable again.

  2. Marion Wiesel:

    My husband was a fighter, he fought for the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, and he fought for Israel. He waged countless battles for innocent victims regardless of ethnicity or creed.

  3. The WJRO Taylor:

    Heirless property is the category of property least likely to have been addressed by countries, this is important because the widespread murder of Jews meant that in many countries most property became heirless – and the Terezin Declaration provides that heirless property should be used to help Holocaust survivors instead of remaining in the possession of the state.

  4. 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.

  5. Miep Gies:

    I hope and believe that many Dutch people will be more helpful in the future than they were during the Holocaust. Only 11,000 Jews were safely brought through the war. The others, about 105,000, perished and that could have been a considerably lower figure if all Dutch people understood their responsibility to help.

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