[puh-gruhm, -grom, poh-]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for pogrom
As of this writing, Ukraine is drawing to a close the bloodiest day of a 72-hour pogrom.Ukraine Is On the Verge Of War And Putin Is To Blame
February 20, 2014
The pro-Nazi Palestinian leader, Haj Amin al-Husseini, instigated the Farhud pogrom against the Jews of Iraq in 1941.Denigrating Jewish Refugees
August 9, 2012
Once more the days of expecting a pogrom in Uliassutai returned to us.Beasts, Men and Gods
Often we heard that the pogrom was led by a priest carrying a cross before the mob.The Promised Land
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
The doctor gives us a picture of a pogrom in a tiny Russian province town.Unicorns
- an organized persecution or extermination of an ethnic group, esp of Jews
C20: via Yiddish from Russian: destruction, from po- like + grom thunder
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Word Origin and History for pogrom
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
[(puh-grum, puh-grom, poh-gruhm)]
Pogroms were common in Russia during the nineteenth century.
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