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Dictionary Definition



1 the killing of animals (as for food)
2 a sound defeat [syn: thrashing, walloping, debacle, drubbing, trouncing, whipping]
3 the savage and excessive killing of many people [syn: massacre, mass murder, carnage, butchery]


1 kill (animals) usually for food consumption; "They slaughtered their only goat to survive the winter" [syn: butcher]
2 kill a large number of people indiscriminately; "The Hutus massacred the Tutsis in Rwanda" [syn: massacre, mow down]

User Contributed Dictionary



(cognate with slatr)



  1. The killing of animals, generally for food
  2. A massacre; the killing of a large number of people
  3. A rout or decisive defeat


killing of animals
  • Finnish: teurastus, lahti
  • German: Schlachtung
  • Japanese: 屠畜 (tochiku)
  • Spanish: sacrificio
  • Swedish: slakt
killing of people
  • Finnish: teurastus, joukkomurha, verilöyly
  • Japanese: 殺し (koroshi), 殺人 (satsujin)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: سه‌ر بڕین
  • Spanish: matanza
a decisive defeat


  1. To butcher animals, generally for food
  2. To massacre people in large numbers
  3. To kill in a particularly brutal manner


To butcher animals, generally for food
To massacre people in large numbers
To kill in a particularly brutal manner

Extensive Definition

Slaughter may refer to:




Works of art



slaughter in German: Slaughter

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