Definition of Slaughter

1. Noun. The killing of animals (as for food).

Generic synonyms: Kill, Killing, Putting To Death
Group relationships: Butchering, Butchery

2. Verb. Kill (animals) usually for food consumption. "They want to slaughter the prisoners "; "They slaughtered their only goat to survive the winter"
Exact synonyms: Butcher
Specialized synonyms: Chine
Generic synonyms: Kill
Entails: Cut
Derivative terms: Butcher, Butcher, Butchery, Butchery, Butchery, Slaughterer

3. Noun. A sound defeat.
Exact synonyms: Debacle, Drubbing, Thrashing, Trouncing, Walloping, Whipping
Generic synonyms: Defeat, Licking
Derivative terms: Drub, Thrash, Trounce, Wallop, Whip

4. Verb. Kill a large number of people indiscriminately. "They want to slaughter the prisoners "; "The Hutus massacred the Tutsis in Rwanda"
Exact synonyms: Massacre, Mow Down
Generic synonyms: Kill
Derivative terms: Massacre

5. Noun. The savage and excessive killing of many people.

Definition of Slaughter

1. n. The act of killing.

2. v. t. To visit with great destruction of life; to kill; to slay in battle.

Definition of Slaughter

1. Noun. The killing of animals, generally for food; ritual slaughter (kosher and halal). ¹

2. Noun. A massacre; the killing of a large number of people. ¹

3. Noun. A rout or decisive defeat. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To butcher animals, generally for food ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To massacre people in large numbers ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To kill in a particularly brutal manner ¹

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Definition of Slaughter

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Slaughter

1. The act of killing. Specifically: The extensive, violent, bloody, or wanton destruction of life; carnage. "On war and mutual slaughter bent." (Milton) The act of killing cattle or other beasts for market. Synonym: Carnage, massacre, butchery, murder, havoc. Origin: OE. Slautir, slaughter, slaghter, Icel. Slatr slain flesh, modified by OE. Slaught, slaht, slaughter, fr. AS. Sleaht a stroke, blow; both from the root of E. Slay. See Slay, and cf. Onslaught. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Slaughter

slaty-breasted tinamou
slaty-breasted tinamous
slaty anaemia
slaughter (current term)

Literary usage of Slaughter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1920)
"паше of WB slaughter on the »books of that bank, the powers of attorney purporting to have been given by WB slaughter to enable them to be transferred to ..."

2. Annual Report by Indiana State Board of Health (1907)
"INSPECTION OF slaughter HOUSES. In -Tilly T)r. Davis directed that an inspection of slaughter* houses in the State be made- Accordingly a blank was prepared ..."

3. Our Vanishing Wild Life: Its Extermination and Preservation by William Temple Hornaday (1913)
"The slaughter of song, insectivorous and all other birds by Italians and other aliens from southern Europe has become a scourge to the bird life of this ..."

4. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by American Committee of Revision (1881)
"sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, ... 3 And as he journeyed, he came He was led as a sheep to the slaughter ; And as a lamb ..."

5. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1889)
"As a rule the anti-bird-slaughter agitation is looked upon as a mere fashionable sentimentality by the modistes. 3. Several ladies in the "very upper ..."

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