slaughter

noun
slaugh·​ter | \ ˈslȯ-tər How to pronounce slaughter (audio) \

Definition of slaughter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of killing specifically : the butchering of livestock for market
2 : killing of great numbers of human beings (as in battle or a massacre) : carnage

slaughter

verb
slaughtered; slaughtering; slaughters

Definition of slaughter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to kill (animals) for food : butcher
2a : to kill in a bloody or violent manner : slay
b : to kill in large numbers : massacre
3 : to discredit, defeat, or demolish completely

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Verb

slaughterer \ ˈslȯ-​tər-​ər How to pronounce slaughterer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for slaughter

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of slaughter in a Sentence

Noun the slaughter of innocent people all civilized nations should protest this senseless slaughter Verb Our team got slaughtered yesterday. modern poultry farms slaughter a vast number of chickens every day
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While estimates vary, a UN report found that raising animals for slaughter accounts for nearly 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions, CBS MoneyWatch's Irina Ivanova reported in December. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Joaquin Phoenix arrested during Jane Fonda's weekly climate change protest," 10 Jan. 2020 The slaughter merited brief reports by international news outlets, then quickly faded from the spotlight — not surprising in a year where attacks on places of worship occurred with relentless frequency. Washington Post, "Houses of worship attacked with deadly frequency in 2019," 14 Dec. 2019 Pork prices tend to go down in the fall because sows tend to have larger litters in cooler weather, so there are more pigs reaching market weight in the fall (there's a 10-month lag between breeding and slaughter). Laura Reiley, chicagotribune.com, "Ham for the holidays: Your Thanksgiving is safe despite a global pork shortage," 26 Nov. 2019 The slaughter was carried out in broad daylight on a remote dirt road. Fox News, "FBI to join Mexico cartel ambush investigation into killings of mothers, children," 12 Nov. 2019 His announcement was shocking, as pulling U.S. troops so swiftly from the region meant immediate slaughter for the Kurds, a minority group previously given widespread support from Congress. Amanda Carpenter, Time, "Trump's Treatment of Women Was His Original Abuse of Power," 30 Oct. 2019 June 13, 2014, a steer headed for slaughter leaped a barbed-wire fence and took a 2-mile walk along North Avenue before being gunned down by police in Midtown Belvedere. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "'We regularly train for this’: Behind the scenes of Baltimore’s latest bull escape," 3 Oct. 2019 Last week, a truck carrying hundreds of live chickens enroute to a slaughter facility was involved in a crash in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80, near the San Pablo Dam Road exit. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "It’s a (highway) jungle out there," 14 Sep. 2019 India’s government has strict laws surrounding cow slaughter because cows are sacred in Hinduism. Johnny Harris, Vox, "The violent rise of India’s cow vigilantes," 24 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those resistant germs can contaminate meat when the animals are slaughtered and processed. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Dangerous superbugs kill more people than previously thought," 13 Nov. 2019 The shooting in Dayton where a gunman slaughtered nine people just hours after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, shifted the dynamic of the gun debate, even in Ohio where lawmakers are incredibly friendly to the firearm industry. cleveland, "The Democratic candidates should really discuss Flyover country issues at Tuesday’s Ohio debate: Analysis," 14 Oct. 2019 The 1920’s home on Waverly Drive in the neighborhood of Los Feliz was the scene of unimaginable horror 50 years ago when Manson followers slaughtered grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary on August 10, 1969. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "Ghost Adventures Star Zak Bagans Buys Charles Manson Family Murder House," 26 July 2019 Then came Parkland, where a gunman slaughtered 17 staff and students on Feb. 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, "Seeking public safety, without the ugly radio tower," 6 July 2019 It was found dead and reportedly slaughtered for its meat in a nearby field, according to Fox 10. Fox News, "Sheriff's office warns horse owners after several animals 'harvested' for meat in Florida," 13 Dec. 2019 In South Carolina, white supremacist Dylann Roof slaughtered nine people at a black church in Charleston four years ago. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Why Georgia has not charged a teen with hate crime for allegedly plotting to attack black churchgoers," 22 Nov. 2019 Pakistan’s dictatorship was slaughtering its Bengalis in one of the worst atrocities of the cold war. The Economist, "The art of the shadow deal Presidents have sometimes favoured back channels in foreign policy," 21 Nov. 2019 In August, one of its suicide bombers slaughtered 63 people at a wedding in the capital. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: How Trump should deal with Afghanistan, the Taliban and an unwinnable war," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of slaughter

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for slaughter

Noun

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

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The first known use of slaughter was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

19 Jan 2020

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“Slaughter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slaughter. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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More Definitions for slaughter

slaughter

noun
How to pronounce slaughter (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of slaughter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act of killing animals for their meat
: the violent killing of a large number of people

slaughter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slaughter (Entry 2 of 2)

: to kill (an animal) for food
: to kill (many people) in a very violent way
informal : to defeat (someone or something) easily or completely

slaughter

noun
slaugh·​ter | \ ˈslȯ-tər How to pronounce slaughter (audio) \

Kids Definition of slaughter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of killing
2 : the act of killing and preparing animals for food
3 : destruction of many lives especially in battle

slaughter

verb
slaughtered; slaughtering

Kids Definition of slaughter (Entry 2 of 2)

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