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  1. hol·o·caust
    IPA[ˈhäləˌkôst]
  2. noun

    • 1. destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war:

      a nuclear holocaust the threat of imminent holocaust
    • 2. the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime during the period 1941–45. More than 6 million European Jews, as well as members of other persecuted groups, such as gypsies and homosexuals, were murdered at concentration camps such as Auschwitz.

    • 3. a Jewish sacrificial offering that is burned completely on an altar.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: holocaust, plural noun: holocausts

    • noun

      destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war:

      the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime during the period 1941–5. More than 6 million European Jews, as well as members of other persecuted groups, were murdered at concentration camps such as Auschwitz.

    • noun

      the belief or assertion that the Holocaust did not happen or was greatly exaggerated.
    • noun

      the belief or assertion that the Holocaust did not happen or was greatly exaggerated.
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