• An offering or sacrifice to a deity that is completely burned to ashes.



Narrower meaning words

  • animal holocaust
  • homocaust
  • nuclear holocaust


  • The noun is derived from Middle English holocaust, from Anglo-Norman holocauste, Old French holocauste, olocauste (modern French holocaust), from Late Latin holocaustum, from Ancient Greek ὁλόκαυστον, the neuter form of ὁλόκαυστος, from ὅλος (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *solh₂-) + καυστός (from καίω; further etymology uncertain, possibly from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂w-).
  • The verb is derived from the noun. As regards verb sense 3 (“to subject (a group of people) to a holocaust”), compare the use of genocide as a verb.

Modern English dictionary

Explore and search massive catalog of over 900,000 word meanings.

Word of the Day

Get a curated memorable word every day.

Challenge yourself

Level up your vocabulary by setting personal goals.

And much more

Try out Vedaist now.