butch·​ery | \ ˈbu̇ch-rē How to pronounce butchery (audio) , ˈbu̇-chə- \
plural butcheries

Definition of butchery

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

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Examples of butchery in a Sentence

the butchery of civilians during the war butchery on a scale that horrified the civilized world
Recent Examples on the Web Capitalism cannot imagine a future beyond itself that isn’t utter butchery. Laurie Penny, Wired, "This Is Not the Apocalypse You Were Looking For," 30 Mar. 2020 Pete stumbled onto butchery after bumming around for a bit after high school in Winchester, Va., delivering Chinese food, before deciding to pack up his old Subaru and move to Portland. Washington Post, "This little butcher shop in rural West Virginia is turning out world-class burgers," 5 Nov. 2019 Attendees can also expect to learn about whole animal butchery programs and best practices — so expect to see some pigs on display. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "5 Dallas chefs vie to be Prince or Princess of Pork at food festival Cochon555," 6 Jan. 2020 Beautiful hymns and chants, evoking rousing piety, were then composed to glorify his butchery and butcherer. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 30 Dec. 2019 In the wake of popular trends such as the field-to-table and locavore movements, home butchery of both game and domestic meats has become more popular than ever. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "How to Choose a Boning Knife for Home Butchering," 26 Nov. 2019 Previous studies have involved archaeologists practicing their butchery skills with stone tools, and those suggested that Paleolithic hunters would have had no need to haft their tools to get the job done. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals glued their tools together," 2 July 2019 Republic, despite its unceremonious splits with its first two executive chefs Kate Williams and Sarah Welch, helped bring greater visibility to their brands and ethos of whole animal butchery and utilization. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "These 12 restaurants defined the past decade of dining in metro Detroit," 24 Dec. 2019 Archaeologists at Syltholm have found evidence for tool making and animal butchery at the site, but no human remains. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "DNA from Stone Age ‘chewing gum’ tells an incredible story," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of butchery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Apr 2020

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“Butchery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butchery. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of butchery

: the violent and cruel killing of many people
: the work of a butcher : the job of preparing meat for sale

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