Meaning of “holocaust” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “holocaust” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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holocaustnoun [ C ]

us /ˈhɑl·əˌkɔst, ˈhoʊ·lə-, -ˌkɑst/

a large amount of destruction, esp. by fire or heat, or the killing of large numbers of people:

a nuclear holocaust
the Holocaust

The Holocaust was the systematic murder of many people, esp. Jews, by the Nazis during World War II.

(Definition of “holocaust” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)