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

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Slaying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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