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massacre

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noun mas·sa·cre \ˈma-si-kər\

Definition of massacre

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of killing a number of usually helpless or unresisting human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty <witnessed the massacre of a boatload of refugees>

  2. 2 :  a cruel or wanton (see 1wanton 3a) murder

  3. 3 :  a wholesale slaughter of animals <Residents engaged in a citywide cat massacre.>

  4. 4 :  an act of complete destruction <the author's massacre of traditional federalist presuppositions — R. G. McCloskey> <the Puritan massacre of statues and pictures — Robert Hughes>

Examples of massacre in a sentence

  1. The game turned out to be a complete massacre.

  2. <the infamous massacre of more than 200 Sioux at Wounded Knee, South Dakota>

Origin and Etymology of massacre

Medieval French


First Known Use: circa 1578


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massacre

verb mas·sa·cre

Definition of massacre

massacred

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massacring

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  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to kill by massacre

  3. 2 :  mangle 2 <words were misspelled and syntax massacred — Bice Clemow>

massacrer

play \-kər-ər, -krər\ noun

Examples of massacre in a sentence

  1. Hundreds have been massacred in the uprising.

  2. The other team really massacred us on Saturday.

  3. He really massacred that song.

Origin and Etymology of massacre

see 1massacre


First Known Use: 1581


MASSACRE Defined for English Language Learners

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massacre

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noun mas·sa·cre \ˈma-si-kər\

Definition of massacre for English Language Learners

  • : the violent killing of many people

  • : a game or competition in which one person or team easily defeats another


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massacre

verb mas·sa·cre

Definition of massacre for English Language Learners

  • : to violently kill (a group of people)

  • : to easily defeat (someone or something)

  • : to do (something) very badly : to ruin (something) because of lack of skill


MASSACRE Defined for Kids

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massacre

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noun mas·sa·cre \ˈma-sə-kər\

Definition of massacre for Students

  1. :  the violent and cruel killing of a large number of people


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massacre

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verb mas·sa·cre

Definition of massacre for Students

massacred

massacring

  1. :  to kill a large number of people in a violent and cruel manner



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