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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: holocauste, from Greek holokaustos 'burnt whole', from holos 'whole' + kaiein 'to burn'

holocaust

noun
     
hol‧o‧caust [countable]
1 a situation in which there is great destruction and a lot of people die:
a nuclear holocaust
2

the Holocaust

SH the killing of millions of Jews and other people by the Nazis during the Second World War

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