- The definition of a pogrom is an organized persecution and killing of a minority group.
An example of a pogrom was the Holocaust.
Origin: from Russ, earlier, riot, storm from po-, on, at, by (from Indo-European an unverified form pos-, after from source Classical Latin post) plush grom, thunder: see grim
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Origin: Russian, outrage, havoc, from pogromit', to wreak havoc : po-, adverbial pref. (from po, next to; see apo- in Indo-European roots) + gromit', to outrage, wreak havoc (from grom, thunder).
- po·gromˈ verb