butchery

noun
butch·ery | \ˈbu̇ch-rē, 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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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 Lady of the House chef Kate Williams describes the butchery at her restaurant. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Chef Kate Williams and her Lady of the House restaurant garner national press," 21 May 2018 Jenner Family Beef, for example, supplies meat as far south as Clove & Hoof, a butchery and restaurant in Oakland that was runner up for a Good Food Award. Joe Jackson, San Francisco Chronicle, "One Day, One Place: Etna, California," 8 June 2018 The bones were marked up and showed signs of butchery, which reveal that the humans who hunted this particular rhino probably ate it. NBC News, "Discovery suggests humans lived in Philippines much earlier than believed," 3 May 2018 She’s taught classes and has done pop-up dinners showcasing her craft of nose-to-tail (utilizing the entire animal) butchery and cooking. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Gather restaurant near Eastern Market brings in visiting chefs for winter series," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of butchery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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butchery

noun

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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