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

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 This Ukrainian town, not far from the capital, Kyiv, is where the war’s worst atrocities have been discovered, and as the days pass the full scope of the terror and butchery only grows. New York Times, 2 May 2022 The children learned history and geography, but also shoe-cobbling, sewing, butchery, and aircraft mechanics. Rachel Lu, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 Butcher Erika Nakamura, who discovered her love for the craft of whole animal butchery while working in New York City restaurants, easily disputes the idea that bone marrow is a cheap dish. Stacey Lastoe, Robb Report, 21 Mar. 2022 The restaurant focuses on nose-to-tail butchery and farm-to-table with an emphasis on minimizing waste. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 1 Mar. 2022 In May 1843, his men donned their iconic red poncho-style shirts, initially purchased on the cheap as surplus from a cattle butchery. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 But there was as yet no single command coordinating the escalating butchery. Diane Cole, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2022 Bertolli is widely considered responsible for starting the whole-animal butchery trend in the Bay Area. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Nov. 2021 The group’s survival initially depends on hunting animals; there are many scenes of butchery, of meat being gnawed. The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of butchery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 May 2022

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“Butchery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butchery. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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