slain

verb

Definition of slain

transitive verb
1 : to kill violently, wantonly, or in great numbers; broadly : to strike down : kill
2 : to delight or amuse immensely
  • slayed the audience
intransitive verb
  • past participle of slay

Synonym Discussion of slain

kill, slay, murder, assassinate, dispatch, execute mean to deprive of life. kill merely states the fact of death caused by an agency in any manner.
    • killed in an accident
    • frost killed the plants
slay is a chiefly literary term implying deliberateness and violence but not necessarily motive.
    • slew thousands of the Philistines
murder specifically implies stealth and motive and premeditation and therefore full moral responsibility.
    • convicted of murdering a rival
assassinate applies to deliberate killing openly or secretly often for political motives.
    • terrorists assassinated the Senator
dispatch stresses quickness and directness in putting to death.
    • dispatched the sentry with one bullet
execute stresses putting to death as a legal penalty.
    • executed by lethal gas

SLAIN Defined for Kids

slain

Definition of slain for Students

  • past participle of slay


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