ho·lo·caust /ˈholəˌkɔst, ˈhɑ ||ˌkɑst ||ˈhɔləkɔst/
1. A burnt sacrifice; an offering, the whole of which was consumed by fire, among the Jews and some pagan nations.
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.]
n 1: an act of great destruction and loss of life
2: the Nazi program of exterminating Jews under Hitler [syn: final