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Slaughter

[slaw-ter] /ˈslɔ tər/
noun
1.
Frank, 1908–2001, U.S. novelist and physician.
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British Dictionary definitions for f slaughter

slaughter

/ˈslɔːtə/
noun
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
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
slaughterer, noun
slaughterous, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sleaht; related to Old Norse slāttar hammering, slātr butchered meat, Old High German slahta, Gothic slauhts, German Schlacht battle
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Word Origin and History for f slaughter

slaughter

n.

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."

v.

1530s, "butcher an animal for market," from slaughter (n.). Meaning "slay wantonly, ruthlessly, or in great numbers" is from 1580s. Related: Slaughtered; slaughtering.

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