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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Holocaust  \Hol"o*caust\,  n.  [L.  holocaustum  Gr  ?,  neut.  of  ?, 
  ?,  burnt  whole;  "o'los  whole  +  kaysto`s  burnt,  fr  kai`ein  to 
  burn  (cf.  {Caustic}):  cf  F.  holocauste.] 
  1.  A  burnt  sacrifice;  an  offering,  the  whole  of  which  was 
  consumed  by  fire,  among  the  Jews  and  some  pagan  nations. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Sacrifice  or  loss  of  many  lives,  as  by  the  burning  of  a 
  theater  or  a  ship. 
 
  Note:  [An  extended  use  not  authorized  by  careful  writers.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  holocaust 
  n  :  an  act  of  great  destruction  and  loss  of  life 




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