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massacre US English

An indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of people

massacre US Thesaurus

a cold-blooded massacre of innocent civilians

Peterloo massacre US English

An attack by Manchester yeomanry on 16 August 1819 against a large but peaceable crowd. Sent to arrest the speaker at a rally of supporters of political reform in St Peter’s Field, Manchester, the local yeomanry charged the crowd, killing 11 civilians and injuring more than 500

Sharpeville massacre US English

The killing of sixty-seven anti-apartheid demonstrators by security forces at Sharpeville, a black township south of Johannesburg, on March 21, 1960. Following the massacre, the South African government banned the African National Congress and the Pan-Africanist Congress

Glencoe, Massacre of US English

A massacre in 1692 of members of the Jacobite MacDonald clan by Campbell soldiers, which took place near Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands

Massacre of St Bartholomew US English

The massacre of Huguenots throughout France ordered by Charles IX at the instigation of his mother, Catherine de' Medici, and begun without warning on 24 August (the feast of St Bartholomew) 1572

St. Valentine's Day Massacre US English

The shooting on February 14, 1929, of seven members of the rival “Bugsy” Moran’s gang by some of Al Capone’s men disguised as policemen