butch·​ery ˈbu̇ch-rē How to pronounce butchery (audio)
plural butcheries
chiefly British : slaughterhouse
: the preparation of meat for sale
: cruel and ruthless slaughter of human beings
: 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 Craft butchery tends to use traditional techniques, rather than automation. Olivia Potts, Longreads, 15 Feb. 2024 Jeju's rotating main course is based around whole animal butchery, sourced from small Pacific Northwest meat purveyors. Jordan Michelman, Bon Appétit, 9 Jan. 2024 Butcher’s Plate, which is doing all of its butchery and cooking in-house, held its grand opening on Jan. 6. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Jan. 2024 Voss was inspired to take over the 11,000-square-foot space — formerly home to Spike Gjerde’s Parts & Labor, another butchery/restaurant hybrid — after briefly leasing the building to store 300 turkeys during a particularly busy time for his Baltimore County business. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 2 Jan. 2024 Many people have no idea of the scope of this butchery. WSJ, 17 Nov. 2023 But Israelis intuitively understand that if this round of fighting ends with one more stalemate, then our military deterrence—shattered by the mass but intimate butchery of Oct. 7—could be irretrievable. Yossi Klein Halevi, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2023 Maybe that’s why so many Western media outlets seem committed to advancing the notion that Gaza’s plight is a function of Israel’s response to the unprecedented butchery of over 1,400 of its citizens. Noah Rothman, National Review, 26 Oct. 2023 But this was a different kind of evidence, as the nine slashes resembled butchery marks, meaning another human had inflicted them with a stone tool. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 27 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of butchery was in the 14th century

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“Butchery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butchery. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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butch·​ery ˈbu̇ch-(ə-)rē How to pronounce butchery (audio)
plural butcheries
: brutal murder : great slaughter

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