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slaughter

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noun slaugh·ter \ˈslȯ-tər\

Definition of slaughter

  1. 1 :  the act of killing; specifically :  the butchering of livestock for market

  2. 2 :  killing of great numbers of human beings (as in battle or a massacre) :  carnage

Examples of slaughter in a sentence

  1. the slaughter of innocent people

  2. all civilized nations should protest this senseless slaughter

Origin and Etymology of slaughter

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse slātra to slaughter; akin to Old English sleaht slaughter, slēan to slay — more at slay


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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slaughter

verb slaugh·ter

Definition of slaughter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to kill (animals) for food :  butcher

  3. 2a :  to kill in a bloody or violent manner :  slayb :  to kill in large numbers :  massacre

  4. 3 :  to discredit, defeat, or demolish completely

slaughterer

play \ˈslȯ-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of slaughter in a sentence

  1. Our team got slaughtered yesterday.

  2. modern poultry farms slaughter a vast number of chickens every day

1535

First Known Use of slaughter

1535

Other Animal Husbandry Terms



SLAUGHTER Defined for English Language Learners

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slaughter

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noun slaugh·ter \ˈslȯ-tər\

Definition of slaughter for English Language Learners

  • : the act of killing animals for their meat

  • : the violent killing of a large number of people


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slaughter

verb slaugh·ter

Definition of slaughter for English Language Learners

  • : to kill (an animal) for food

  • : to kill (many people) in a very violent way

  • : to defeat (someone or something) easily or completely


SLAUGHTER Defined for Kids

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slaughter

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noun slaugh·ter \ˈslȯ-tər\

Definition of slaughter for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of killing

  2. 2 :  the act of killing and preparing animals for food

  3. 3 :  destruction of many lives especially in battle


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slaughter

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verb slaugh·ter

Definition of slaughter for Students

slaughtered

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slaughtering

  1. 1 :  2butcher 1

  2. 2 :  2massacre



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