[puh-gruhm, -grom, poh-]
an organized massacre, especially of Jews.

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

pogrom, program.

slaughter, butchery.
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pogrom (ˈpɒɡrəm)
an organized persecution or extermination of an ethnic group, esp of Jews
[C20: via Yiddish from Russian: destruction, from po- like + grom thunder]

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Word Origin & History

1882, from Yiddish pogrom, from Rus. pogromu "devastation, destruction," from po- "by, through" + gromu "thunder, roar," from PIE imitative base *ghrem- (see grim).
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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.

Note: Pogroms were common in Russia during the nineteenth century.
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Example sentences
They want to leave the country where a war might break out from one year to the next, and from one week to the next, a pogrom.
Long before that, there is the history of blood accusation, pogrom and expulsion.
We live from pogrom to pogrom, one of my friends recently said.
My theory is that acknowledging the pogrom on the traumatized would show a lot of people in a bad light.
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