Holocaust meaning

hŏlə-kôst, hōlə-
Great destruction resulting in the extensive loss of life, especially by fire.
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An offering the whole of which is burned; burnt offering.
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A sacrificial offering that is consumed entirely by flames.
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A great or total destruction of life, specif. by fire.

Nuclear holocaust.

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the Holocaust
  • the systematic, genocidal destruction of over six million European Jews by the Nazis before and during WWII
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Holocaust

Origin of holocaust

  • Middle English burnt offering from Old French holocauste from Latin holocaustum from Greek holokauston from neuter of holokaustos burnt whole holo- holo- kaustos burnt (from kaiein to burn)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition