slaugh·​ter·​ous | \ ˈslȯ-tə-rəs How to pronounce slaughterous (audio) \

Definition of slaughterous

: of or relating to slaughter : murderous a slaughterous rampage

Other Words from slaughterous

slaughterously adverb

Examples of slaughterous in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of slaughterous

1581, in the meaning defined above

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“Slaughterous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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