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Webster 1913 Edition


Slaughter

Slaugh′ter

,
Noun.
[OE.
slautir
,
slaughter
,
slaghter
, Icel.
slātr
slain flesh, modified by OE.
slaught
,
slaht
, slaughter, fr. AS.
sleaht
a stroke, blow; both from the root of E. slay. See
Slay
,
Verb.
T.
, and cf.
Onslaught
.]
The act of killing.
Specifically:
(a)
The extensive, violent, bloody, or wanton destruction of life; carnage.
On war and mutual
slaughter
bent.
Milton.
(b)
The act of killing cattle or other beasts for market.
Syn. – Carnage; massacre; butchery; murder; havoc.

Slaugh′ter

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Slaughtered
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Slaughtering
.]
1.
To visit with great destruction of life; to kill; to slay in battle.
Your castle is surprised; your wife and babes
Savagely
slaughtered
.
Shakespeare
2.
To butcher; to kill for the market, as beasts.

Webster 1828 Edition


Slaughter

SLAUGHTER

,
Noun.
slaw'ter [See Slay.]
1.
In a general sense, a killing. Applied to men, slaughter usually denotes great destruction of life by violent means; as the slaughter of men in battle.
2.
Applied to beasts, butchery; a killing of oxen or other beasts for market.

SLAUGHTER

,
Verb.
T.
slaw'ter.
1.
To kill; to slay; to make great destruction of life; as , to slaughter men in battle.
2.
To butcher; to kill for the market; as beasts.

Definition 2022


Slaughter

Slaughter

See also: slaughter

English

Proper noun

Slaughter

  1. A surname.
  2. A town in Louisiana.

slaughter

slaughter

See also: Slaughter

English

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Noun

slaughter (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) The killing of animals, generally for food; ritual slaughter (kosher and halal).
  2. A massacre; the killing of a large number of people.
    • Milton
      on war and mutual slaughter bent
  3. A rout or decisive defeat.

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slaughter (third-person singular simple present slaughters, present participle slaughtering, simple past and past participle slaughtered)

  1. (transitive) To butcher animals, generally for food
  2. (transitive) To massacre people in large numbers
  3. (transitive) To kill in a particularly brutal manner

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