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[boo ch-er-lee] /ˈbʊtʃ ər li/
like, or characteristic of, a butcher.
Origin of butcherly
1505-15; butcher + -ly
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butcherliness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • butcherly blockheads in these high places, and himself lying sick and powerless, unable to lift a hand for the cause he loved.

  • Will they remove the only motive which could bring me to the butcherly spectacle of their combat?

    The Fair Maid of Perth Sir Walter Scott
  • We'll give them the slip yet, and hang that butcherly thief-taker upon his own gibbet.

    Jack Sheppard, Vol. III (of III) W. Harrison Ainsworth

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