hecatomb

noun
hec·​a·​tomb | \ ˈhe-kə-ˌtōm How to pronounce hecatomb (audio) \

Definition of hecatomb

1 : an ancient Greek and Roman sacrifice of 100 oxen or cattle
2 : the sacrifice or slaughter of many victims

Examples of hecatomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vast majority of this hecatomb would be people with limited life expectancies. John P.a. Ioannidis, STAT, 17 Mar. 2020 After the hecatombs created in communism’s name, such a call to arms is evidence of a faith untroubled when prophecy fails again and again. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hecatomb

circa 1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hecatomb

Latin hecatombe, from Greek hekatombē, from hekaton hundred + -bē; akin to Greek bous cow — more at hundred, cow

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“Hecatomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hecatomb. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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