butchery


butch·ery

noun \ˈbch-rē, ˈb-chə-\

: the violent and cruel killing of many people

: the work of a butcher : the job of preparing meat for sale

plural butch·er·ies

Full Definition of BUTCHERY

1
chiefly British :  slaughterhouse
2
:  the preparation of meat for sale
3
:  cruel and ruthless slaughter of human beings
4
:  botch

Examples of BUTCHERY

  1. the butchery of civilians during the war
  2. <butchery on a scale that horrified the civilized world>

First Known Use of BUTCHERY

14th century

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