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Meaning of MASSACRE

Pronunciation:  'masukur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the savage and excessive killing of many people
  2. [v]  kill a large number of people indiscriminately; "The Hutus massacred the Tutsis in Rwanda"

MASSACRE is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: butchery, carnage, mass murder, mow down, slaughter, slaughter
 See Also: Alamo, Battle of Little Bighorn, Battle of the Little Bighorn, battue, bloodbath, bloodletting, bloodshed, Custer's Last Stand, execution, homicide, kill, Little Bighorn, murder, slaying



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mas"sa*cre\, n. [F., fr. LL. mazacrium; cf. Prov. G.
    metzgern, metzgen, to kill cattle, G. metzger a butcher, and
    LG. matsken to cut, hew, OHG. meizan to cut, Goth.
    1. The killing of a considerable number of human beings under
       circumstances of atrocity or cruelty, or contrary to the
       usages of civilized people; as, the massacre on St.
       Bartholomew's Day.
    2. Murder. [Obs.] --Shak.
    Syn: {Massacre}, {Butchery}, {Carnage}.
    Usage: Massacre denotes the promiscuous slaughter of many who
           can not make resistance, or much resistance. Butchery
           refers to cold-blooded cruelty in the killing of men
           as if they were brute beasts. Carnage points to
           slaughter as producing the heaped-up bodies of the
                 I'll find a day to massacre them all, And raze
                 their faction and their family.   --Shak.
                 If thou delight to view thy heinous deeds,
                 Brhold this pattern of thy butcheries. --Shak.
                 Such a scent I draw Of carnage, prey innumerable
                 !                                 --Milton.
  2. \Mas"sa*cre\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Massacred}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Massacring}.] [Cf. F. massacrer. See {Massacre}, n.]
    To kill in considerable numbers where much resistance can not
    be made; to kill with indiscriminate violence, without
    necessity, and contrary to the usages of nations; to butcher;
    to slaughter; -- limited to the killing of human beings.
          If James should be pleased to massacre them all, as
          Maximian had massacred the Theban legion. --Macaulay.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: To witness a massacre in your dream, suggests that you are a follower. You follow the ideals of others without question and hesitation.
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