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1slaughter

noun slaugh·ter \ˈsl-tər\

: the act of killing animals for their meat

: the violent killing of a large number of people

Full Definition of SLAUGHTER

1
:  the act of killing; specifically :  the butchering of livestock for market
2
:  killing of great numbers of human beings (as in battle or a massacre) :  carnage

Examples of SLAUGHTER

  1. the slaughter of innocent people
  2. <all civilized nations should protest this senseless slaughter>

Origin of SLAUGHTER

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse slātra to slaughter; akin to Old English sleaht slaughter, slēan to slay — more at slay
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with SLAUGHTER

2slaughter

transitive verb

: to kill (an animal) for food

: to kill (many people) in a very violent way

: to defeat (someone or something) easily or completely

Full Definition of SLAUGHTER

1
:  to kill (animals) for food :  butcher
2
a :  to kill in a bloody or violent manner :  slay
b :  to kill in large numbers :  massacre
3
:  to discredit, defeat, or demolish completely
slaugh·ter·er \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of SLAUGHTER

  1. Our team got slaughtered yesterday.
  2. <modern poultry farms slaughter a vast number of chickens every day>

First Known Use of SLAUGHTER

1535

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with SLAUGHTER

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