past participle of slay

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1 to deprive of life
  • millions have been slain worldwide by this dreadful disease

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2 to put to death deliberately
  • vowed to slay without mercy whoever was responsible for murdering his family

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kill, slay, murder, assassinate, dispatch, execute mean to deprive of life. kill merely states the fact of death caused by an agency in any manner. killed in an accident frost killed the plants slay is a chiefly literary term implying deliberateness and violence but not necessarily motive. slew thousands of the Philistines murder specifically implies stealth and motive and premeditation and therefore full moral responsibility. convicted of murdering a rival assassinate applies to deliberate killing openly or secretly often for political motives. terrorists assassinated the Senator dispatch stresses quickness and directness in putting to death. dispatched the sentry with one bullet execute stresses putting to death as a legal penalty. executed by lethal gas

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“Slain.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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