[boo ch-uh-ree]

noun, plural butch·er·ies.

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
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Historical Examples of butchery

  • And those who had laid their hands to deeds of butchery went as exiles to the Lacedaemonians.



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


    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?

British Dictionary definitions for butchery


noun plural -eries

the business or work of a butcher
wanton and indiscriminate slaughter; carnage
a less common word for slaughterhouse
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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.)).

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