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