verb (used with object)
Origin of slaughter
Examples from the Web for slaughter
To most of the world, Bashar al-Assad is a brutal dictator, responsible for the slaughter of 100,000 or more.
Getting people to pay attention to a possible new round of slaughter in the region proved difficult.Confronting George Clooney’s Critics on South Sudan|John Avlon|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When Dan Honig was getting ready to slaughter a steer for the first time, he expected to feel devastated.
It reminded her of the slaughter that the Nazis perpetrated on her relatives in the Ukraine.Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin: An Excerpt From ‘Sylvia Rafael’|Ram Oren, Moti Kfir|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We became friends, and then we were actually at the Institute together when they worked on The Slaughter Rule.Sherman Alexie on His New Film, the Redskins, and Why It's OK to Laugh at His Work|William O’Connor|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He usually does slaughter an ox for the dancers when the work is over.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa|David Livingstone
The President put this question: "On the morning of the crime did you not slaughter two sheep?"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe|Eugne Brieux
He grows up to manhood like a vegetable, or like one of the lower animals that are fed and nourished for the slaughter.Popular Education|Ira Mayhew
Slaughter succeeded him, and was duly installed as governor.The Battle of New Orleans|Zachary F. Smith
In battle after battle for twenty years they defeated the English with slaughter.The Glories of Ireland|Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
Word Origin for slaughter
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.
see like a lamb to the slaughter.