Definition of pogrom in English:


Syllabification: po·grom
Pronunciation: /ˈpōɡrəm
, pəˈɡräm


An organized massacre of a particular ethnic group, in particular that of Jews in Russia or eastern Europe.
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  • Between 1881 and 1906 more than a million Jews arrived in New York, fleeing the pogroms in Russia and eastern Europe.
  • In that other abandoned Europe beyond Vienna-tyranny, pogroms and ethnic cleansing would have continued.
  • The 1905 laws were designed to prevent poor Jewish refugees fleeing pogroms in eastern Europe from entering Britain.
massacre, slaughter, mass murder, annihilation, extermination, decimation, carnage, bloodbath, bloodletting, butchery, genocide, holocaust, purge, ethnic cleansing


early 20th century: from Russian, literally 'devastation', from gromit’ 'destroy by the use of violence'.

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