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Final Solution

the Nazi program of annihilating the Jews of Europe during the Third Reich.
Origin of Final Solution
1945-50; translation of German endgültige Lösung Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Plato does not give the Final Solution of philosophical questions for us; nor can he be judged of by our standard.

    The Republic Plato
  • None of them has attempted a Final Solution of the social war.

  • Faust does not claim to be a universal Gospel, nor to offer a Final Solution of the riddle of existence.

  • There are no other possibilities in the Final Solution of the political future of Cuba.

    Industrial Cuba Robert P. Porter
  • I don't much care if I am hanged; that would at least be a Final Solution, so far as I am concerned, to this problem of living.

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • We must not dream that we can give a Final Solution of it at the present time.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces Camille Flammarion
  • In science, every experiment is valuable because what is disproven is as valuable as the Final Solution.

  • No hint can be given here as to the direction in which a Final Solution must be sought.

    Hours in a Library Leslie Stephen
  • It was for this reason that the minds of its great thinkers dwelt so much on the Final Solution of that problem in this world.

    The Minister's Wooing Harriet Beecher Stowe
Word Origin and History for Final Solution

final solution


1947, translation of German Endlösung, name given to Nazi Jewish policy from 1941.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Final Solution in Culture

Final Solution definition

A term applied by Nazis to the genocide of European Jews during World War II. Before instituting the Final Solution, the Nazi government had abolished the Jews' rights, destroyed and confiscated their property, and confined Jews in concentration camps.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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