What does slaughter mean?

slaughter meaning in General Dictionary

kill (animals) usually for food consumption

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  • a sound beat
  • kill many men and women indiscriminately
  • the killing of creatures (in terms of meals)
  • the savage and exorbitant killing of many men and women
  • The act of killing
  • To visit with great destruction of life to eliminate to slay in fight
  • The work of killing.
  • The extensive, violent, bloody, or wanton destruction of life; carnage.
  • The work of killing cattle or any other beasts for marketplace.
  • to check out with great destruction of life; to kill; to slay in battle.
  • To butcher; to eliminate the marketplace, as beasts.

slaughter meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "killing of a cattle or sheep for meals, killing of a person," from a Scandinavian *slahtr, akin to Old Norse slatr "a butchering, butcher animal meat," slatra "to slaughter," slattr "a mowing" from Proto-Germanic *slukhtis, about Old Norse sla "to hit" (see slay (v.)) + formative suffix (like in laugh/laughter). Indicating "killing of a large number of persons in struggle" is attested from mid-14c. Old English had slieht "stroke, slaughter, murder, death; animals for slaughter;" such as sliehtswyn "pig for killing."

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  • 1530s, "butcher an animal for market," from slaughter (n.). Meaning "slay wantonly, ruthlessly, or in great figures" is from 1580s. Related: Slaughtered; slaughtering.

Sentence Examples with the word slaughter

Had done at Hastings, Wallaces cOlumns broke up, and a dreadful slaughter followed.

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