mitraillade

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French mitraillade.

Noun[edit]

mitraillade (plural mitraillades)

  1. (rare, chiefly historical) Mass execution by cannon shot or (later) machine-gun, especially during the French Revolution.
    • 1817, John James M’Gregor, History of the French Revolution, vol. III:
      The fusillades and mitraillades were conducted with the most savage coolness.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 487:
      when Collot d'Herbois and Fouché replaced him, a veritable frenzy of repression occurred, with opponents being gunned down into open graves in the so-called mitraillades.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From mitraill(er) +‎ -ade.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mitʁɑjad/, /mitʁajad/

Noun[edit]

mitraillade f (plural mitraillades)

  1. machine-gunning

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