[puh-gruhm, -grom, poh-]


an organized massacre, especially of Jews.

Nearby words

  1. pogonia,
  2. pogoniasis,
  3. pogonion,
  4. pogonip,
  5. pogonophoran,
  6. pogson ratio,
  7. pogy,
  8. poh,
  9. pohai,
  10. pohang

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 confusedpogrom program

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British Dictionary definitions for pogrom



an organized persecution or extermination of an ethnic group, esp of Jews

Word Origin for pogrom

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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Culture definitions for 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 (see also Jews).


Pogroms were common in Russia during the nineteenth century.

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