slaughter[ slaw-ter ]SEE DEFINITION OF slaughter
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In the mean time, the slaughter was about to commence on the other side.
I will hunt out General O'Neill, and interview him on the field of slaughter.
He should never have had to boast of the slaughter of our men.
That attack had been repulsed with slaughter, and the brigade was concentrated.
We lose great battles there and Fredericksburg they say was just a slaughter of our men.
Afterwards they raised stone monuments on the field of slaughter.
Then he'd know where he was, and not be led like a lamb to the slaughter by the wrong one.
The mere presence of game does not breed in him a lust to slaughter something.
A moment later he was inside the house, and the slaughter began.
They did not know him for what he was, a lightning-flash of 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."
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SLAUGHTER
- lay open
- mow down