[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for pogrom


/ (ˈpɒɡrəm) /


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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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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