slaughter

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse slátr, from Proto-Germanic *slahtiz.

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Noun[edit]

slaughter (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) The killing of animals, generally for food; ritual slaughter (kosher and halal).
  2. A massacre; the killing of a large number of people.
    • Milton
      on war and mutual slaughter bent
  3. A rout or decisive defeat.

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Verb[edit]

slaughter (third-person singular simple present slaughters, present participle slaughtering, simple past and past participle slaughtered)

  1. (transitive) To butcher animals, generally for food
  2. (transitive) To massacre people in large numbers
  3. (transitive) To kill in a particularly brutal manner

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