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Holocaustn. [L. holocaustum, Gr. , neut. of , , burnt whole; "o'los whole + kaysto`s burnt, fr. kai`ein to burn (cf. Caustic): cf. F. holocauste.].
  •  A burnt sacrifice; an offering, the whole of which was consumed by fire, among the Jews and some pagan nations.  Milton.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Sacrifice or loss of many lives, as by the burning of a theater or a ship.
    "[An extended use not authorized by careful writers.]"  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [PJC]


Holocaust, n.
1 a case of large-scale destruction, esp. by fire or nuclear war.
2 (the Holocaust) the mass murder of the Jews by the Nazis 1939-45.
3 a sacrifice wholly consumed by fire.

ME f. OF holocauste f. LL holocaustum f. Gk holokauston (as HOLO-, kaustos burnt f. kaio burn)



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