Definition of slaughter in English:


Line breaks: slaugh|ter
Pronunciation: /ˈslɔːtə


[with object]


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  • This group contains our senseless killers and slaughterers.
  • ‘Some bury them deep under the ground, but others may send the pigs to the underground slaughterers and then sell them in the market,’ Tian said.
  • There is the kill team, meeting one morning in foot-and-mouth infested Dumfries: a vet, two slaughterers and two labourers.


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  • But if American politicians echo the terrorists' blood-lusting, this tragedy will have been turned to slaughterous folly.
  • As the author rightly acknowledges, it is not a history of the slaughterous campaign, but the story of the experiences of the 1st and 6th battalions.
  • The slaughterous conflict gave Paraguay political instability that eventually produced its most recent tyrant, Alfredo Stroessner, who took power in 1954 and ruled with an iron fist for thirty-five years.


Middle English (as a noun): from Old Norse slátr 'butcher's meat'; related to slay1. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.

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