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

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Colby went on to helm the kitchen at Chi Spacca, a butchery-centric appendage of Silverton’s Mozza group that garnered its own share of critical acclaim. Garrett Snyder, latimes.com, "A first look at Antico, Chad Colby’s ode to rustic Italian cooking," 11 June 2019 Over the course of the weekend in Gazelle, guests receive hands-on lessons in butchery and open-fire grilling. Matt Villano, SFChronicle.com, "Send yourself to meat, kayak or farm camp this summer," 7 June 2019 Turchetti’s Salumeria is the company’s whole-animal butchery and cured meats brand. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "You can now get Turchetti’s best sandwiches daily at the new Fountain Square meat market," 12 Aug. 2017 It's now branched out to offer the same quality products to customers at a butchery, poissonnerie, bakery, and grocery, a retail quartet perched along rue du Nil in the 2nd arrondissement. Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Food Tours in Paris," 3 Mar. 2018 Or gathering a group of friends for a day of beef butchery. Vogue, "3 Writers On Living Sustainably In 2018," 21 June 2018 Locals and tourists will find a fish market, butcheries, healthy food stands, fresh pasta vendors, bakeries, cheesemongers, flowers, and souvenirs galore. Katarina Kovac, Vogue, "Where to Go in Croatia’s Capital City of Zagreb," 11 July 2018 Mr Assad’s survival is a lesson in the use of butchery, the rivalries of his foes and the emptiness of Western pronouncements. The Economist, "Syrian refugees could turn into the new Palestinians," 30 June 2018 These bones remain fully assembled, and only one deer shows faint traces of butchery. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Neanderthals Hunted in Groups, One More Strike Against the Dumb Brute Myth," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of butchery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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