verb (used with object)
Origin of slaughter
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|Marlow Stern|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Assad, for his part, has slaughtered hundreds of thousands of his own people, most likely with little regard for their dignity.
Or the Hutus who slaughtered their way through 800,000 Tutsis over the course of three months?
Last month, dozens were abducted and slaughtered—by the police.
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|Jacob Siegel|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His stores of oatmeal were brought out, kine were slaughtered; and a rude and hasty meal was set before the numerous guests.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Many children have in this way been slaughtered but Kansa is still uncertain whether his prime purpose has been fulfilled.The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry|W. G. Archer
These latter fully expected to be slaughtered immediately, and to be offered up to idols, if not to be eaten.The Cruise of the Mary Rose|William H. G. Kingston
Here in the past were slaughtered beasts for food, and men and 37 women for their opinions.In Jail with Charles Dickens|Alfred Trumble
The handful of people who lived on the shore robbed the nests and slaughtered the birds, with considerable profit.The Ruling Passion|Henry van Dyke
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.