butchery

noun butch·ery \ ˈbu̇ch-rē , ˈbu̇-chə- \
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

Definition of butchery

plural butcheries
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

  1. the butchery of civilians during the war

  2. butchery on a scale that horrified the civilized world

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First Known Use of butchery

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BUTCHERY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of butchery for English Language Learners

  • : the violent and cruel killing of many people

  • : the work of a butcher : the job of preparing meat for sale



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