- 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
Examples from the Web for butchery
He was the first diplomat on the scene to witness the butchery in Sabra and Shatila in September 1982.30 Years After the Beirut Bombing We Have Learned Nothing
October 23, 2013
At best, he and other dictators will draw the lesson that they need to commit their butchery in other ways.Obama Decision on Syria Good for U.S Democracy, but His Case Is Weak
September 3, 2013
The Daily Beast: In the 1920s, Chaim Soutine riffed on Rembrandt's butchery.Oil Paint, Dry-Aged and Beefy
June 28, 2013
None of which would pardon nor condone the butchery he is said to have unleashed.Michael Ware on Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, Accused of Killing Afghan Civilians
March 20, 2012
And those who had laid their hands to deeds of butchery went as exiles to the Lacedaemonians.Hellenica
But some there were in that crowd that would be no passive witnesses of this butchery.Love-at-Arms
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.The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon
Newell Dwight Hillis
You have heard of Brayne's last experiment in butchery, I suppose?The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
- the business or work of a butcher
- wanton and indiscriminate slaughter; carnage
- a less common word for slaughterhouse
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.)).