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[puh-gruhm, -grom, poh-] /pəˈgrʌm, -ˈgrɒm, poʊ-/
an organized massacre, especially of Jews.
Origin of pogrom
1880-85; (< Yiddish) < Russian pogróm literally, destruction, devastation (of a town, country, etc., as in war), noun derivative of pogromít’, equivalent to po- perfective prefix + gromít’ to destroy, devastate, derivative of grom thunder
Can be confused
pogrom, program.
slaughter, butchery. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pogrom
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  • Once more the days of expecting a pogrom in Uliassutai returned to us.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • Often we heard that the pogrom was led by a priest carrying a cross before the mob.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • A massacre (pogrom) of the Jews was perpetrated here in 1903.

  • The Whites put up a provocateur as before a pogrom in Russia.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
  • The doctor gives us a picture of a pogrom in a tiny Russian province town.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • They were exploiting a local "putsch" so as to carry out a general "pogrom."

    The New Germany George Young
  • There may be trouble there; we have word that a pogrom is planned; and we may be in time to save some.

    The Red Symbol John Ironside
  • Let us make sixty the minimum—or let there be a pogrom among the authors!


    Christopher Morley
British Dictionary definitions for pogrom


an organized persecution or extermination of an ethnic group, esp of Jews
Word Origin
C20: via Yiddish from Russian: destruction, from po- like + grom thunder
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Word Origin and History for pogrom

1882, from Yiddish pogrom, from Russian pogromu "devastation, destruction," from po- "by, through, behind, after" (cognate with Latin post-; see post-) + gromu "thunder, roar," from PIE imitative root *ghrem- (see grim).

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pogrom in Culture
pogrom [(puh-grum, puh-grom, poh-gruhm)]

A massacre or persecution instigated by the government or by the ruling class against a minority group, particularly Jews.

Note: Pogroms were common in Russia during the nineteenth century.
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