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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

Culture definitions for final solution

Final Solution

A term applied by Nazis to the genocide of European Jews (see also 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.

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