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massacre

[mas-uh-ker] /ˈmæs ə kər/
noun
1.
the unnecessary, indiscriminate killing of a large number of human beings or animals, as in barbarous warfare or persecution or for revenge or plunder.
2.
a general slaughter, as of persons or animals:
the massacre of millions during the war.
3.
Informal. a crushing defeat, especially in sports.
verb (used with object), massacred, massacring.
4.
to kill unnecessarily and indiscriminately, especially a large number of persons.
5.
Informal. to defeat decisively, especially in sports.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; (noun) < Middle French massacre, noun derivative of massacrer, Old French maçacrer, macecler, probably < Vulgar Latin *matteūcculāre, verbal derivative of *matteūca mallet (see mashie, mace1); (v.) < Middle French massacrer
Related forms
massacrer
[mas-uh-krer] /ˈmæs ə krər/ (Show IPA),
noun
unmassacred, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. carnage, extermination, butchery, genocide. 4. slay. See slaughter.
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British Dictionary definitions for mass-acre

massacre

/ˈmæsəkə/
noun
1.
the wanton or savage killing of large numbers of people, as in battle
2.
(informal) an overwhelming defeat, as in a game
verb (transitive)
3.
to kill indiscriminately or in large numbers
4.
(informal) to defeat overwhelmingly
Derived Forms
massacrer (ˈmæsəkrə) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for mass-acre

massacre

v.

1580s, from Middle French massacrer "to slaughter" (16c.), from massacre (n.) "wholesale slaughter, carnage" (see massacre (n.)). Related: Massacred; massacring.

n.

1580s, from Middle French massacre "wholesale slaughter, carnage," from Old French macacre, macecle "slaughterhouse, butchery," of unknown origin; perhaps related to Latin macellum "provisions store, butcher shop."

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