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slaughter

slaugh·ter

slaughter

 
 
pronunciation:
slaw tr
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the killing and butchering of animals for food.
The rancher sent his cattle to slaughter.
synonyms:
butchering
definition 2: the brutal killing of large numbers of people or animals; massacre.
Many were grieved by the slaughter of so many soldiers in battle.
synonyms:
massacre
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: slaughtered, slaughtering, slaughters
definition 1: to kill and butcher for food.
We slaughtered a chicken for the feast.
synonyms:
butcher
similar words:
kill, slay
definition 2: to kill brutally and in large numbers.
synonyms:
massacre
similar words:
butcher, kill, murder, slay
derivations: slaughterous (adj.), slaughterer (n.)
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