From Middle English manslaȝter, manslauter, equivalent to man + slaughter, or taken as an adaptation of Old English mannslieht, mannsleaht (“homicide”), from mann (“man, person”) + slieht, sleaht (“stroke, slaying”), see manslaught. Cognate with Scots manslauchter (“homicide”).
manslaughter (plural manslaughters)
- An act of killing a human being unlawfully, but not wilfully (as opposed to murder).
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