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massacre

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noun mas·sa·cre \ˈma-si-kər\

Simple Definition of massacre

  • : the violent killing of many people

  • : a game or competition in which one person or team easily defeats another

Full Definition of massacre

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of killing a number of usually helpless or unresisting human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty

  2. 2 :  a cruel or wanton murder

  3. 3 :  a wholesale slaughter of animals

  4. 4 :  an act of complete destruction <the author's massacre of traditional federalist presuppositions — R. G. McCloskey>

Examples of massacre

  1. The game turned out to be a complete massacre.

  2. <the infamous massacre of more than 200 Sioux at Wounded Knee, South Dakota>



Origin of massacre

Middle French


First Known Use: circa 1578


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massacre

verb mas·sa·cre

Simple Definition of massacre

  • : to violently kill (a group of people)

  • : to easily defeat (someone or something)

  • : to do (something) very badly : to ruin (something) because of lack of skill

Full Definition of massacre

mas·sa·credmas·sa·cring play \-k(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to kill by massacre

  3. 2 :  mangle 2 <words were misspelled and syntax massacred — Bice Clemow>

mas·sa·crer play \-kər-ər, -krər\ noun

Examples of massacre

  1. Hundreds have been massacred in the uprising.

  2. The other team really massacred us on Saturday.

  3. He really massacred that song.



1581

First Known Use of massacre

1581


MASSACRE Defined for Kids

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massacre

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noun mas·sa·cre \ˈma-sə-kər\

Definition of massacre

  1. :  the violent and cruel killing of a large number of people




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massacre

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verb mas·sa·cre

Definition of massacre

mas·sa·credmas·sa·cring

  1. :  to kill a large number of people in a violent and cruel manner





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