noun, plural butcheries.
a slaughterhouse.
brutal or wanton slaughter of animals or humans; carnage.
the trade or business of a butcher.
the act of bungling or botching.

1300–50; Middle English bocherie < Anglo-French, Middle French boucherie. See butcher, -y3

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butchery (ˈbʊtʃərɪ)
n , pl -eries
1.  the business or work of a butcher
2.  wanton and indiscriminate slaughter; carnage
3.  a less common word for slaughterhouse

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., bocherie, from O.Fr. bocherie, from bochier (see butcher).
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Example sentences
Both rockshelters produced bone fragments consistent with game animal butchery and meal preparation.
They have suffered wholesale killings and butchery that is beyond anybody's imagination.
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