Definition of pogrom in English:



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

    • ‘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 Jewish People of Europe were victimized in the Holocaust and before that by the pogroms in Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These communal politics have led to pogroms, carnage and war.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wherever we went, we were plagued by persecution, pogroms, and the Holocaust.’
    • ‘Jews were apparently shocked that a pogrom, so common in East Europe and Russia, could happen in Palestine.’
    • ‘As the civil war raged and pogroms ensued, ethnic cleansing on a monumental scale created millions of refugees.’
    • ‘However, in Czarist Russia, most of the pogroms were government organized.’
    • ‘But pogroms in Europe and those deeply entrenched dreams kept the ships coming.’
    • ‘The 1905 laws were designed to prevent poor Jewish refugees fleeing pogroms in eastern Europe from entering Britain.’
    • ‘The same mechanism is involved in all pogroms, all ethnic cleansing, and all wars.’
    • ‘Between 1881 and 1906 more than a million Jews arrived in New York, fleeing the pogroms in Russia and eastern Europe.’
    • ‘In that other abandoned Europe beyond Vienna-tyranny, pogroms and ethnic cleansing would have continued.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These pogroms took place in Eastern Poland, and the Jews in other parts remained there.’
    • ‘Jews fleeing pogroms in Eastern Europe and the Nazi terror were also able to take up residence in the country.’
    • ‘My parents fled Eastern Europe to escape pogroms which began with the ringing of church bells.’
    • ‘Mennonites were amongst the first European Utopians in the West, fleeing to America from the pogroms in Europe where they were persecuted.’
    • ‘Russia and eastern Europe were particularly bad, with bloody pogroms that killed thousands.’
    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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Early 20th century: from Russian, literally devastation from gromit’ destroy by the use of violence.