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 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 Compared with other open-heart procedures in which Lefrak was already expert - say, coronary artery bypass - heart transplantation seems like butchery. oregonlive, "The tragic, redemptive journey of one human heart," 5 Oct. 2019 The stall is the first commercial farming and butchery operation found in the southwest of Britain. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Upscale Butcher Shop Suggests Romans Were More Widespread in Britain Than Previously Thought," 18 Sep. 2019 The group beheaded seven American, British and Japanese journalists and aid workers and a group of Syrian soldiers, boasting of the butchery in videos posted online. Mehmet Guzel, The Denver Post, "Turkey presses Syrian assault as thousands flee the fighting," 10 Oct. 2019 The group beheaded seven American, British and Japanese journalists and aid workers and a group of Syrian soldiers, boasting of the butchery in videos released to the world. Washington Post, "Turkey says ground forces are advancing in northern Syria," 10 Oct. 2019 In addition to the regular menu, Borough now features a special weekly changing menu that plays off whole animal butchery. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Borough revamps with small plates, interactive trolley cart and new space," 24 Sep. 2019 The ranch raises its own Wagyu cattle that supplies the kitchen, and offers a number of culinary classes, including cheese-making and butchery. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Summer’s Not Over Yet! 8 Ways to Extend Your Vacation," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of butchery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Dec 2019

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“Butchery.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butchery. Accessed 18 January 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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