slaugh·​ter·​ous ˈslȯ-tə-rəs How to pronounce slaughterous (audio)
: of or relating to slaughter : murderous
a slaughterous rampage
slaughterously adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For a brief moment from the Russian Revolution until 1923, the area rebelled and got a taste of independence as did so many countries before falling to the Red Army’s slaughterous advance. Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 Congress passed the act in 1940 to check the slaughterous impact of recreational shooters, egg collectors and livestock farmers. Time Staff, Time, 28 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slaughterous was in 1581

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“Slaughterous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Apr. 2023.

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