hecatomb

noun
hec·a·tomb | \ˈhe-kə-ˌtōm \

Definition of hecatomb 

1 : an ancient Greek and Roman sacrifice of 100 oxen or cattle

2 : the sacrifice or slaughter of many victims

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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, "The Road to Red October," 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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