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 slaying
Sunday's slayings bring to 14 the number of killings this year in what police call gang-related attacks.Peter Stein
He is accused of ordering the 1989 slayings and robberies of three drug dealers …Joseph P. Fried

Examples of slaying in a Sentence

a man wanted for the slaying of seven people during an armed robbery
Recent Examples on the Web Three men were arrested in Mexico in connection with the slayings about six weeks later. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2024 This list is preliminary, and the number of homicides can change as authorities investigate each case, determining whether the slaying was criminal, justified, accidental or suicide. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 6 May 2024 At Dalton State College, Karla Hernandez, 21, a senior studying biology, had similar fears now that the state has passed new legislation, House Bill 1105, to crack down on undocumented immigrants following the slaying of nursing student Laken Riley at the University of Georgia. Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News, 29 Apr. 2024 Staring at the jury on the 16th floor of Sacramento’s federal courthouse downtown this week, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hitt held up the knife used by inmate William Sylvester to kill another prisoner, a slaying Hitt said was done to gain entry to the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang. Sam Stanton, Sacramento Bee, 24 Apr. 2024 Durst was sentenced to life in prison in 2021 for Berman's killing, and he was indicted that same year in the slaying of McCormack. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2024 Maxwell Anderson, 33, of Milwaukee, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse and arson in the slaying of Sade Robinson, also of Milwaukee. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 19 Apr. 2024 Attacks on the press have long been a problem in Haiti, where the slaying of the country’s most famous journalist, Jean Léopold Dominique, remains unsolved 24 years after he was gunned down outside of his Port-au-Prince radio station in 2000. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 16 Apr. 2024 For the American public, the slayings of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman were practically inescapable in those days. Sonja Sharp, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2024

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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 17 May. 2024.

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