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Definition of "massacre" []

  • The act or an instance of killing a large number of humans indiscriminately and cruelly. (noun)
  • The slaughter of a large number of animals. (noun)
  • Informal A severe defeat, as in a sports event. (noun)
  • To kill indiscriminately and wantonly; slaughter. (verb-transitive)
  • Informal To defeat decisively. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "massacre" in a sentence
  • "For a discussion of the word massacre and Marlowe, see Graham Hammill, “Time for Marlowe,” ELH, vol. 75, no."
  • "They very idea that serving gays could have have resulted in a massacre is an incredible statement."
  • "Meanwhile, rebels have warned of what they call a "massacre" in the western city of Misrata unless NATO provides them more support against government forces."