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[boo ch-uh-ree] /ˈbʊtʃ ə ri/
noun, plural butcheries.
a slaughterhouse.
brutal or wanton slaughter of animals or humans; carnage.
the trade or business of a butcher.
the act of bungling or botching.
Origin of butchery
1300-50; Middle English bocherie < Anglo-French, Middle French boucherie. See butcher, -y3 Unabridged
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  • And those who had laid their hands to deeds of butchery went as exiles to the Lacedaemonians.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • But some there were in that crowd that would be no passive witnesses of this butchery.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • Du Sang stood in no need of the butchery; the escape could have been made without it.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • At that time the Sultan had just completed the butchery of many Armenians.

  • You have heard of Brayne's last experiment in butchery, I suppose?

  • Let us return to the butchery on the boulevard, to the words, "Let my orders be executed!"

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for butchery


noun (pl) -eries
the business or work of a butcher
wanton and indiscriminate slaughter; carnage
a less common word for slaughterhouse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for butchery

"the trade of a butcher," mid-15c., bocherie, from Old French bocherie (13c., Modern French boucherie), from bochier (see butcher (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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