massacre

noun
mas·​sa·​cre | \ ˈma-si-kər How to pronounce massacre (audio) \

Definition of massacre

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : a cruel or wanton (see wanton entry 1 sense 1a) murder
3 : a wholesale slaughter of animals Residents engaged in a citywide cat massacre.
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

massacre

verb
massacred; massacring\ ˈma-​si-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce massacre (audio) \

Definition of massacre (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to kill by massacre
2 : mangle sense 2 words were misspelled and syntax massacred— Bice Clemow

Other Words from massacre

Verb

massacrer \ ˈma-​si-​kər-​ər How to pronounce massacre (audio) , -​krər \ noun

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Examples of massacre in a Sentence

Noun The game turned out to be a complete massacre. the infamous massacre of more than 200 Sioux at Wounded Knee, South Dakota Verb Hundreds have been massacred in the uprising. The other team really massacred us on Saturday. He really massacred that song.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The largest massacre was in Moura, where 300 people were killed during a four-day operation in late March, a Human Rights Watch investigation found. Jon Swaine, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 Unfortunately, every single Republican with- except for about one or two, voted against this in the immediate aftermath of the tragic massacre in Buffalo. CBS News, 22 May 2022 On my way back to the States, on my layover in Warsaw, the massacre in Bucha at the end of March hits the news cycle. Harper Simon, SPIN, 20 May 2022 Some descendants of victims of the 1923 Rosewood massacre received a form of reparations. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 20 May 2022 From Opinion: The Buffalo Shooting Commentary from Times Opinion on the massacre at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo. New York Times, 19 May 2022 The massacre at the Tops supermarket was unsettling even in a nation that has become almost numb to mass shootings. Carolyn Thompson, Anchorage Daily News, 19 May 2022 The massacre at the Tops supermarket was unsettling even in a nation that has become almost numb to mass shootings. Bernard Condon And Michael Hill, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 May 2022 The 18-year-old White man suspected of carrying out a racist mass shooting Saturday in a Buffalo, New York, supermarket is expected to appear in court Thursday morning for a felony hearing that could provide new details on the massacre. Eric Levenson, CNN, 19 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb A day after a white gunman was suspected of traveling across New York state to massacre Black shoppers in what is being investigated as a racist hate crime, the community reeled Sunday from a mix of raw, sometimes contradictory, reactions. Nolan D. Mccaskill, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2022 When soldiers are transporting him, Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield) storm the train, bust Buck out and massacre almost all the troops on board. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 22 Oct. 2021 When soldiers are transporting him, Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield) storm the train, bust Buck out and massacre almost all the troops on board. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 22 Oct. 2021 When soldiers are transporting him, Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield) storm the train, bust Buck out and massacre almost all the troops on board. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 22 Oct. 2021 However, after evidence emerged last week suggesting that Russian troops massacre civilians in Bucha while retreating from Kyiv, some European leaders have grown convinced that stronger measures against Russia may be necessary. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2022 When soldiers are transporting him, Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield) storm the train, bust Buck out and massacre almost all the troops on board. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 22 Oct. 2021 When soldiers are transporting him, Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield) storm the train, bust Buck out and massacre almost all the troops on board. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 22 Oct. 2021 Purim is a holiday centered around the biblical Book of Esther, in which Queen Esther stops a plot devised by Haman, the king's counselor, to massacre Jews. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of massacre

Noun

circa 1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for massacre

Noun and Verb

Middle French

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“Massacre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/massacre. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for massacre

massacre

noun
mas·​sa·​cre | \ ˈma-sə-kər How to pronounce massacre (audio) \

Kids Definition of massacre

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

massacre

verb
massacred; massacring

Kids Definition of massacre (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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