• It comes from the Greek word holokauston, which means "wholly burned", and is used to describe Jewish burnt animal sacrifices. Incidentally, some scholars of the Holocaust prefer to use the Hebrew word Shoah, which means "ruin" or "destruction", because they do not view the destruction of the Jews as a sacrifice, which the term "holocaust" implies.
  • "Holocaust" is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire."
  • "The Holocaust (from the Greek ὁλÏŒκαυστον (holókauston): holos, "completely" and kaustos, "burnt"), also known as (Ha-)Shoah (Hebrew: השואה), Churben (Yiddish: חורבן), is the term generally used to describe the genocide of approximately six million European Jews during World War II, as part of a programme of deliberate extermination planned and executed by the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi) regime in Germany led by Adolf Hitler." Many AB questions and answers dealing with it here:

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