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butchery Syllabification: butch·er·y
Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝oCHərē/

Definition of butchery in English:

noun (plural butcheries)

1The savage killing of large numbers of people.
Example sentences
  • I just hope this weekend's display of savage butchery and inter-communal violence wasn't staged for their benefit.
  • And still all of you stick to your misconceptions of savage butchery.
  • There is no escaping the fact of the Crusader's savage butchery - of Jews at home and of Muslims abroad.
1.1The work of slaughtering animals and preparing them for sale as meat.
Example sentences
  • If women were in the encampment they would be segregated and would prepare the meal, although slaughter and butchery were men's work.
  • He learned butchery, hygiene, slaughtering, cutting and boning - in fact everything related to butchering - to become a Master Butcher.
  • The slaughter and butchery of 200 cattle and the consumption of 40,000 kilos of beef, even if spread over a year or two, suggest the participation of many communities, perhaps from a whole clan or tribe.


Middle English (denoting a slaughterhouse or meat market): from Old French boucherie, from bouchier 'butcher'.

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