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holocaust

[ hol-uh-kawst, hoh-luh- ]SEE DEFINITION OF holocaust

Synonyms for holocaust

  • carnage
  • catastrophe
  • devastation
  • extermination
  • genocide
  • mass murder
  • massacre
  • slaughter
  • annihilation
  • extinction
  • immolation
  • inferno
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Dugommier would listen to no such proposition for a holocaust.

Yet even in this holocaust there were degrees, gradations of sacrifice.

Mirla, we know, is out of the question; it is a holocaust of fire.

It is to explain that and to ask your cooperation in warding off the holocaust that I have sent for you.

Next day the ceremony was to be continued by a holocaust of pigs.

What difference between the holocaust of a witch and that of two vile criminals?

A cry of fire would have created a holocaust in that fire-trap.

Richard, Richard Sydney, you have made a holocaust of your life, and lo!

Ferriday the Magnificent was playing with holocaust when he set a match to Kedzie.

Even this desert is mute evidence of the holocaust; if one needs evidence.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "sacrifice by fire, burnt offering," from Greek holokauston "a thing wholly burnt," neuter of holokaustos "burned whole," from holos "whole" (see holo-) + kaustos, verbal adjective of kaiein "to burn." Originally a Bible word for "burnt offerings," given wider sense of "massacre, destruction of a large number of persons" from 1833. The Holocaust "Nazi genocide of European Jews in World War II," first recorded 1957, earlier known in Hebrew as Shoah "catastrophe." The word itself was used in English in reference to Hitler's Jewish policies from 1942, but not as a proper name for them.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HOLOCAUST

apocalypse

nounmass destruction
  • Armageddon
  • annihilation
  • cataclysm
  • catastrophe
  • decimation
  • devastation
  • end of the world
  • holocaust

carnage

nounmassacre

conflagration

nounlarge fire
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