holocaust: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (hol'u-kôst", hō'lu-), [key]
- a great or complete devastation or destruction, esp. by fire.
- a sacrifice completely consumed by fire; burnt offering.
- (usually cap.) the systematic mass slaughter of European Jews in Nazi concentration camps during World War II (usually prec. by the).
- any mass slaughter or reckless destruction of life.
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