holocaust etymology

English word holocaust comes from Ancient Greek ὅλος, Ancient Greek καυστός, and later French holocauste (Holocaust.)

Detailed word origin of holocaust

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ὅλος Ancient Greek (grc)
καυστός Ancient Greek (grc)
ὁλόκαυστος Ancient Greek (grc)
holocaustum Late Latin (LL)
holocauste French (fra) Holocaust.
holocaust English (eng) A near or complete annihilation of a group of animals or people, whether by deliberate agency or by natural agency (especially fire). [from the 20th c]. A sacrifice that is completely burned to ashes. [from the 13th c]. In particular, a state-sponsored mass murder of an ethnic group, especially the Holocaust (which see). [from the 20th c].

Words with the same origin as holocaust

Descendants of καυστός
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