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Meaning of HOLOCAUST

Pronunciation:  'hâlu`kost

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  an act of great destruction and loss of life
  2. [n]  the Nazi program of exterminating Jews under Hitler
 

HOLOCAUST is a 9 letter word that starts with H.

 

 Synonyms: final solution
 
 See Also: destruction, devastation, genocide, race murder, racial extermination

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Hol"o*caust\, n. [L. holocaustum, Gr. ?, neut. of ?,
?, burnt whole; "o'los whole + kaysto`s burnt, fr. kai`ein to
burn (cf. {Caustic}): cf. F. holocauste.]
1. A burnt sacrifice; an offering, the whole of which was
   consumed by fire, among the Jews and some pagan nations.
   --Milton.

2. Sacrifice or loss of many lives, as by the burning of a
   theater or a ship.

Note: [An extended use not authorized by careful writers.]

 
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