f slaughter

Slaughter

[slaw-ter]
noun
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slaughter (ˈslɔːtə)
 
n
1.  the killing of animals, esp for food
2.  the savage killing of a person
3.  the indiscriminate or brutal killing of large numbers of people, as in war; massacre
4.  informal a resounding defeat
 
vb
5.  to kill (animals), esp for food
6.  to kill in a brutal manner
7.  to kill indiscriminately or in large numbers
8.  informal to defeat resoundingly
 
[Old English sleaht; related to Old Norse slāttar hammering, slātr butchered meat, Old High German slahta, Gothic slauhts, German Schlacht battle]
 
'slaughterer
 
n
 
'slaughterous
 
adj

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slaughter
c.1300, "killing of a cattle or sheep for food, killing of a person," from O.N. *slahtr, akin to slatr "a butchering, butcher meat," slatra "to slaughter," and slattr "a mowing;" related to sla "to strike" (see slay), from P.Gmc. *slukhtis. Meaning "killing of a large number
of persons in battle" is attested from mid-14c. The verb is from 1530s. Slaughter-house is from late 14c.
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