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Definition of 'slaughter'


  1. the killing of animals (as for food)
  2. a sound defeat
       Synonyms: thrashing walloping debacle drubbing trouncing whipping
  3. the savage and excessive killing of many people
       Synonyms: massacre mass murder carnage butchery


  1. kill (animals) usually for food consumption; "They slaughtered their only goat to survive the winter"
       Synonyms: butcher
  2. kill a large number of people indiscriminately; "The Hutus massacred the Tutsis in Rwanda"
       Synonyms: massacre mow down

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