slaying

noun
slay·​ing | \ ˈslā-iŋ How to pronounce slaying (audio) \
plural slayings

Definition of slaying

: the act of killing a person : killing, murder used chiefly in journalistic writing a gangland slayingSunday's slayings bring to 14 the number of killings this year in what police call gang-related attacks.— Peter SteinHe is accused of ordering the 1989 slayings and robberies of three drug dealers …— Joseph P. Fried

First Known Use of slaying

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Slaying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slaying. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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