noun mas·sa·cre \ˈma-si-kər\

: the violent killing of many people

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

Full Definition of MASSACRE

:  the act or an instance of killing a number of usually helpless or unresisting human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty
:  a cruel or wanton murder
:  a wholesale slaughter of animals
:  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



: 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

mas·sa·credmas·sa·cring \-k(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of MASSACRE

transitive verb
:  to kill by massacre
:  mangle 2 <words were misspelled and syntax massacred — Bice Clemow>
mas·sa·crer \-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.

First Known Use of MASSACRE



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