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holocaust  

  ( holocausts    plural  )
1       n-var   A holocaust is an event in which there is a lot of destruction and many people are killed, especially one caused by war.  
A nuclear holocaust seemed a very real possibility in the '50s.     
2       n-sing   The Holocaust is used to refer to the killing by the Nazis of millions of Jews during the Second World War.  
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holocaust  

  
annihilation, carnage, conflagration, destruction, devastation, fire, genocide, inferno, massacre, mass murder, pogrom  

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