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From Middle English slaught, slagt, slaȝt, from Old English slæht, sleaht, sleht, slieht (a stroke, a striking, a flash of lightning, slaughter, murder, death by violence, the deadly stroke of disease, battle, what is to be killed, animals for slaughter), from Proto-Germanic *slahtō, *slahtiz (beating, hitting, killing, murder), from Proto-Indo-European *slek- (to beat, pound).

Cognate with Dutch slacht (slaughter), German Schlacht (killing, battle), Swedish slakt (slaughter), Icelandic slátta (slaughter). Related to English slay.


slaught (plural slaughts)

  1. Killing; slaughter.

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