killing field

noun

Definition of killing field 

: a scene of mass killing (as from a battle or massacre)

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Suddenly, noble visions of war preserved by paintings and statues were replaced by the awful reality of killing fields. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Can tape of sobbing child detainees join shocking sounds, images that have shaped history?," 20 June 2018 Kiev has become a killing field for Kremlin critics. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Russia Murder Inc.," 30 May 2018 Thus ended the saga of events in the halls of Congress, the killing fields of Antietam, the Battle at Gettysburg, and the once quiet streets of Medina. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, "'Civil War Voices' ring out in St. Paul's Church in Medina: Bicentennial Notes," 9 Apr. 2018 One of the earliest images is of a tractor, plowing through dark loam and unearthing an artillery shell, presumably from the killing fields of the First World War. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "“This Is Our Land” and “Le Corbeau”," 5 July 2010 Second World War civil conflicts, joining the Balkans, Rwanda, the killing fields of Cambodia and the long Colombian insurgency in terms of sheer brutality, inhumanity and lethality. James Stavridis, Time, "The Syrian Civil War Has Raged for 7 Years. This Is What the U.S. Can Do to Help End It," 12 Mar. 2018 Iranian aircraft are sustaining Syria's killing fields and setting the stage for escalation against Israel. chicagotribune.com, "Trump should block Iran's air corridor to Syria," 2 Mar. 2018 Historians estimate that beginning in 1965, between 500,000 and 1 million Indonesians were killed in Gen. Suharto's bloody rise to power, the worst mass slaughter in Southeast Asia's modern history after the Khmer Rouge killing fields in Cambodia. Vincent Bevins, Washington Post, "In Indonesia, the ‘fake news’ that fueled a Cold War massacre is still potent five decades later," 30 Sep. 2017 There are guns in the suburbs and in rural areas, and yet the suburbs aren't killing fields. John Kass, Alaska Dispatch News, "Left swoops in on Las Vegas massacre," 4 Oct. 2017

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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