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Meaning & Definition of Slaughter in English

English

Slaughter

/slɔtər/

noun

1. The killing of animals (as for food)

    synonym:
  • slaughter

2. A sound defeat

    synonym:
  • thrashing
  • ,
  • walloping
  • ,
  • debacle
  • ,
  • drubbing
  • ,
  • slaughter
  • ,
  • trouncing
  • ,
  • whipping

3. The savage and excessive killing of many people

    synonym:
  • slaughter
  • ,
  • massacre
  • ,
  • mass murder
  • ,
  • carnage
  • ,
  • butchery

verb

1. Kill (animals) usually for food consumption

  • "They slaughtered their only goat to survive the winter"
    synonym:
  • butcher
  • ,
  • slaughter

2. Kill a large number of people indiscriminately

  • "The hutus massacred the tutsis in rwanda"
    synonym:
  • massacre
  • ,
  • slaughter
  • ,
  • mow down

Examples of using

The slaughter of the prisoners was a barbarous act.