Definition of massacre in English:
1An indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of people: the attack was described as a cold-blooded massacre she says he is an accomplice to massacre
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- It was a slow slaughter, peppered with massacres and atrocities from which whole generations are still recovering.
- Nothing else can describe such brutal massacres, such wanton destruction.
- I thought that I had seen one tiny corner of an indiscriminate massacre of students and intellectuals, a bloodbath.
1.1 informal A heavy defeat of a sports team or contestant.
- We discovered in the massacre at Macclesfield that all teams can look poor going backwards, and Longton were certainly no exception.
- It was a massacre.. Australia smashed England out of the park in the batting and then took the major wickets in short order.
- It was a massacre. When a team wins 38-14, on the road, without forcing a single defensive turnover, you know it has been a one-sided game.
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1Deliberately and violently kill (a large number of people).
- In retaliation to killings of northerners in the South, the military rulers massacred thousands of southerners and many were brutally tortured.
- We would massacre their cities, killing woman and children, and they would do the same.
- Then criminal responsibility would in fact be much clearer than it would be if soldiers had massacred civilians in violation of orders.
1.1 informal Inflict a heavy defeat on (a sports team or contestant).
- Yesterday, however, the triple Olympic champion turned up at the start of the women's time-trial and massacred the opposition to retain the second of her titles.
- In 81 overs the Nalandians massacred the Royal bowlers to post a massive 315 for six wickets when stumps were drawn.
- After taking some time to play himself in, he simply massacred the bowlers and England were put to the sword.
Late 16th century: from French, of unknown origin.
This is from French, from Old French macecre ‘slaughterhouse, butcher's shop’.
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