What does butchery mean?

butchery meaning in General Dictionary

business of a butcher

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  • a building in which creatures are butchered
  • business of a butcher
  • the savage and extortionate killing of numerous people
  • business of a butcher.
  • Murder or manslaughter, esp. when dedicated with strange barbarity; great or cruel slaughter.
  • A slaughterhouse; the shambles; someplace in which bloodstream is shed.

butchery meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"the trade of a butcher," mid-15c., bocherie, from Old French bocherie (13c., Modern French boucherie), from bochier (see butcher (n.)).


butchery meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) The business enterprise of a butcher.

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  • (letter.) Murder or manslaughter, esp. whenever committed with unusual barbarity; great or cruel slaughter.
  • (n.) A slaughterhouse; the shambles; a location in which bloodstream is shed.

Sentence Examples with the word butchery

The seizure of Lincoln by Stephen in 1141 was accompanied with fearful butchery and devastation, and by an accord at Stamford William of Roumare received Kirton in Lindsey, and his tenure of Gainsborough Castle was confirmed.

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