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holocaust

hol·o·caust

holocaust

 
pronunciation:
ha l kawst [or] ho l kawst
features:
Word History, Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a great destruction by fire.
During the cold war, many people feared a nuclear holocaust.
similar words:
destruction
definition 2: (capitalized) the killing of millions of Jews by Nazis during the Second World War.
The Holocaust is remembered as one of history's most terrible crimes against humanity.
similar words:
annihilation, massacre, slaughter
derivations: holocaustal (adj.), holocaustic (adj.)
Word History
Holocaust comes from an ancient Greek word meaning "burnt whole." The English word caustic also has Greek beginnings. A caustic chemical is one that causes a burning feeling on the skin. Compare the words "caustic" and "holocaust," and you may be able to guess which part of the word "holocaust" comes from the ancient Greek word for "burnt."
Word Parts
The word holocaust contains the following part:
caust, caut Greek root that means burn
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