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Definition of Hecatombe

There are conventional context words that sound next in our daily lives. But there are other words conditioned by atypical and often negative scenarios that we would not even want to pronounce, such as the term that we present below: Hecatombe. Find out everything related to this word.

Hecatombe is defined as a disgrace, a great death of people or animals. It is derived from the ancient Greek ἑκατόμβη hekatómbē which translates to “One hundred” and βοῦς, boũs, which means “Ox”. It refers to the sacrifice of a hundred oxen. In a short time it expands to dominate any great destruction of a massive nature as a Hecatombe.

Great Hecatombes

If we go back to the history of ancient Greece, we find religious acts where they carried out sacrifices of up to a hundred oxen as part of their rites. This was called a Hecatombe.

However, our history has also been tainted by great Hecatombes that killed millions of lives worldwide.

Religious, political, social, geographic, cultural conflicts, among others, have left a red mark on human existence.

Genocides and World Battles

The Armenian genocide of 1915, the Jewish Holocaust carried out by the Nazis in 1941, the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, the Mao Tse Tung revolution in 1949 and many others, have been events called Hecatombes that added countless losses material and global.

Current Hecatombe

By moving to the present time, one of the worst catastrophes registered in many years covers us. It is called “covid 19“. This virus has been responsible for millions of deaths worldwide, becoming until now a permanent Hecatombe.


We can not say goodbye without first, raising awareness among our readers so that they are part of the solution to this complex situation that hurts us, therefore, we leave some simple tips.

  • Periodically wash your hands with plenty of soap and water.
  • Avoid coughing without first covering your mouth with your forearm.
  • Do not go outside if you are not using the mask.

Taking into account these simple steps we will be part of the change in this problem. With conscience and together, we will soon get out of this! Until next time!