1

massacre

noun mas·sa·cre \ ˈma-si-kər \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of massacre

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 1wanton 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

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

Recent Examples of massacre from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'massacre.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of massacre

Middle French


2

massacre

verb

Definition of massacre

massacred; massacring play \-k(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to kill by massacre
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.

Recent Examples of massacre from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'massacre.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of massacre


MASSACRE Defined for English Language Learners

massacre

noun

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


massacre

verb

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

1

massacre

noun mas·sa·cre \ ˈma-sə-kər \

Definition of massacre for Students

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

2

massacre

verb

Definition of massacre for Students

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up massacre? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

ditzy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!