Definition of pogrom in English:

pogrom

Pronunciation: /ˈpɒɡrəm//ˈpɒɡrɒm/

noun

  • An organized massacre of a particular ethnic group, in particular that of Jews in Russia or eastern Europe.

    ‘the Nazis began a pogrom against Jewish people in Germany’
    • ‘However, in Czarist Russia, most of the pogroms were government organized.’
    • ‘These communal politics have led to pogroms, carnage and war.’
    • ‘As the civil war raged and pogroms ensued, ethnic cleansing on a monumental scale created millions of refugees.’
    • ‘In that other abandoned Europe beyond Vienna-tyranny, pogroms and ethnic cleansing would have continued.’
    • ‘The Jewish People of Europe were victimized in the Holocaust and before that by the pogroms in Europe.’
    • ‘Jews fleeing pogroms in Eastern Europe and the Nazi terror were also able to take up residence in the country.’
    • ‘These pogroms took place in Eastern Poland, and the Jews in other parts remained there.’
    • ‘Between 1881 and 1906 more than a million Jews arrived in New York, fleeing the pogroms in Russia and eastern Europe.’
    • ‘Russia and eastern Europe were particularly bad, with bloody pogroms that killed thousands.’
    • ‘Mennonites were amongst the first European Utopians in the West, fleeing to America from the pogroms in Europe where they were persecuted.’
    • ‘Wherever we went, we were plagued by persecution, pogroms, and the Holocaust.’
    • ‘In Britain and America this was the century of Jewish immigration, with great numbers of Jewish people arriving to escape the pogroms in Poland and Russia.’
    • ‘Jews were allowed to live freely in the country, and those fleeing pogroms in Eastern Europe and the Nazi terror were also able to take up residence.’
    • ‘The 1905 laws were designed to prevent poor Jewish refugees fleeing pogroms in eastern Europe from entering Britain.’
    • ‘My parents fled Eastern Europe to escape pogroms which began with the ringing of church bells.’
    • ‘And in 1882, following the pogroms in Russia, East European Jews began to settle in the area and to make what was already a ghetto their own.’
    • ‘Jews were apparently shocked that a pogrom, so common in East Europe and Russia, could happen in Palestine.’
    • ‘But pogroms in Europe and those deeply entrenched dreams kept the ships coming.’
    • ‘To him, as to so many of the fugitives from Eastern European pogroms, the Yiddish theater seemed to have a past as deep as Jewish history.’
    • ‘The same mechanism is involved in all pogroms, all ethnic cleansing, and all wars.’
    massacre, slaughter, wholesale slaughter, mass slaughter, mass killing, mass murder, mass homicide, mass execution, night of the long knives, annihilation, extermination, decimation, carnage, bloodbath, bloodletting, butchery, genocide, holocaust, shoah, ethnic cleansing, megadeath
    persecution, witch-hunt, destruction, victimization
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Origin

Early 20th century: from Russian, literally devastation, from gromit destroy by the use of violence.

Pronunciation:

pogrom

/ˈpɒɡrəm//ˈpɒɡrɒm/