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Definition of "slaughter" []

  • The killing of animals especially for food. (noun)
  • The killing of a large number of people; a massacre: "I could not give my name to aid the slaughter in this war, fought on both sides for grossly material ends” ( Sylvia Pankhurst). (noun)
  • To kill (animals) especially for food; butcher. (verb-transitive)
  • To kill (people) in large numbers; massacre. (verb-transitive)
  • To kill in a violent or brutal manner. (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 "slaughter" in a sentence
  • "This slaughter is the first one in history in which it is argued (by the IDF) that there are no civilians."
  • "The real reason for this slaughter is they are over-fishing and want to kill the competition for the fish."
  • "Hitler made the same efforts to stir his people to fury against what he called the slaughter of Germans in Poland and in Czechoslovakia and the conspiracies of the Jews and the West."