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Webster 1913 Edition


Butchery

Butch′er-y

,
Noun.
[OE.
bocherie
shambles, fr. F.
boucherie
. See
Butcher
,
Noun.
]
1.
The business of a butcher.
[Obs.]
2.
Murder or manslaughter, esp. when committed with unusual barbarity; great or cruel slaughter.
Shak.
The perpetration of human
butchery
.
Prescott.
3.
A slaughterhouse; the shambles; a place where blood is shed.
[Obs.]
Like as an ox is hanged in the
butchery
.
Fabyan.
Syn. – Murder; slaughter; carnage. See
Massacre
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Butchery

BUTCH'ERY

,
Noun.
The business of slaughtering cattle for the table or for market.
1.
Murder, especially murder committed with unusual barbarity; great slaughter.
2.
The place where animals are killed for market; a shambles, or slaughter-house; also,a place where blood is shed.

Definition 2023


butchery

butchery

English

Noun

butchery (countable and uncountable, plural butcheries)

  1. The cruel, ruthless killings of humans, as at a slaughterhouse.
    • 1593, Shakespeare, Richard III, Act 4, Scene 3.
      The tyrannous and bloody act is done,—
      The most arch deed of piteous massacre
      That ever yet this land was guilty of.
      Dighton and Forrest, who I did suborn
      To do this piece of ruthless butchery
  2. (rare) An abattoir, a slaughterhouse.
    • 1899 On the third Friday Jimmie was dropped at the door of the school from the doctor's buggy. The other children, notably those who had already passed over the mountain of distress, looked at him with glee, seeing in him another lamb brought to butchery. — Stephen Crane, Making an Orator.
    • 1901 There was good grass on the selection all the year. I’d picked up a small lot—about twenty head—of half-starved steers for next to nothing, and turned them on the run; they came on wonderfully, and my brother-in-law (Mary’s sister’s husband), who was running a butchery at Gulgong, gave me a good price for them. — Henry Lawson, A Double Buggy at Lahey Creek.
  3. The butchering of meat.
    • This butchery begins in the first Japanese month. For this purpose they put the animal's head between two long poles, which are squeezed together by fifty or sixty people, both men and women. When the bear is dead they eat his flesh, keep the liver as a medicine — James Frazer, The Golden Bough, Chapter 52.
  4. A disastrous effort, an atrocious failure.
    This week’s impossible-to-pronounce word: Catania. Granted, it’s a little trickier than Palermo, but there was no excusing the verbal butchery that ensued.blog.
  5. A meat market
Translations

Etymology 2

butch + -ery

Noun

butchery (countable and uncountable, plural butcheries)

  1. (slang) The stereotypical behaviors and accoutrements of being a butch lesbian.