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Meaning of SLAUGHTER

Pronunciation:  'slotur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the killing of animals (as for food)
  2. [n]  the savage and excessive killing of many people
  3. [n]  a sound defeat
  4. [v]  kill a large number of people indiscriminately; "The Hutus massacred the Tutsis in Rwanda"
  5. [v]  kill; used of animals, but also used for people to indicate brutality

SLAUGHTER is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: butcher, carnage, debacle, drubbing, mass murder, massacre, massacre, mow down, thrashing, trouncing, walloping, whipping
 See Also: Alamo, Battle of Little Bighorn, Battle of the Little Bighorn, battue, bloodbath, bloodletting, bloodshed, butchering, butchery, chine, Custer's Last Stand, cut, defeat, execution, homicide, kill, kill, kill, killing, licking, Little Bighorn, murder, putting to death, slaying



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Slaugh"ter\, n. [OE. slautir, slaughter, slaghter,
    Icel. sl[=a]tr slain flesh, modified by OE. slaught, slaht,
    slaughter, fr. AS. sleaht a stroke, blow; both from the root
    of E. slay. See {Slay}, v. t., and cf. {Onslaught}.]
    The act of killing. Specifically:
    (a) The extensive, violent, bloody, or wanton destruction of
        life; carnage.
              On war and mutual slaughter bent.    --Milton.
    (b) The act of killing cattle or other beasts for market.
    Syn: Carnage; massacre; butchery; murder; havoc.
  2. \Slaugh"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Slaughtered}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Slaughtering}.]
    1. To visit with great destruction of life; to kill; to slay
       in battle.
             Your castle is surprised; your wife and babes
             Savagely slaughtered.                 --Shak.
    2. To butcher; to kill for the market, as beasts.