- the killing or butchering of cattle, sheep, etc., especially for food.
- the brutal or violent killing of a person.
- the killing of great numbers of people or animals indiscriminately; carnage: the slaughter of war.
- to kill or butcher (animals), especially for food.
- to kill in a brutal or violent manner.
- to slay in great numbers; massacre.
- Informal. to defeat thoroughly; trounce: They slaughtered our team.
Origin of slaughter
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Examples from the Web for slaughtered
We are just coming off the midterm elections, too, where the Democrats got slaughtered.Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre
November 9, 2014
Assad, for his part, has slaughtered hundreds of thousands of his own people, most likely with little regard for their dignity.Rand Paul Channels Malala to Bash Obama
October 23, 2014
Or the Hutus who slaughtered their way through 800,000 Tutsis over the course of three months?ISIS and BS
October 15, 2014
Last month, dozens were abducted and slaughtered—by the police.Anatomy of a Mexican Student Massacre
October 8, 2014
A war in which Syrians have been slaughtered daily for years and the last images of Americans ended with their beheading.The U.S. Veteran and Wisconsin Boy Who Went to Fight ISIS in Syria
October 3, 2014
A lamb was slaughtered, green peas were picked, and a plum-pudding made.
On kin of Cain was the killing avenged by sovran God for slaughtered Abel.Beowulf
(p. 228) God have mercy on this wronged and slaughtered people.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
The stranger with the crimson robe pursued, And slaughtered with axes and blades.Y Gododin
The Artaud butcher had just slaughtered Matthew, the pig, in the shed.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
- the killing of animals, esp for food
- the savage killing of a person
- the indiscriminate or brutal killing of large numbers of people, as in war; massacre
- informal a resounding defeat
- to kill (animals), esp for food
- to kill in a brutal manner
- to kill indiscriminately or in large numbers
- informal to defeat resoundingly
Word Origin and History for slaughtered
c.1300, "killing of a cattle or sheep for food, killing of a person," from a Scandinavian *slahtr, akin to Old Norse slatr "a butchering, butcher meat," slatra "to slaughter," slattr "a mowing" from Proto-Germanic *slukhtis, related to Old Norse sla "to strike" (see slay (v.)) + formative suffix (cf. laugh/laughter). Meaning "killing of a large number of persons in battle" is attested from mid-14c. Old English had slieht "stroke, slaughter, murder, death; animals for slaughter;" cf. sliehtswyn "pig for killing."
1530s, "butcher an animal for market," from slaughter (n.). Meaning "slay wantonly, ruthlessly, or in great numbers" is from 1580s. Related: Slaughtered; slaughtering.