the unnecessary, indiscriminate killing of a large number of human beings or animals, as in barbarous warfare or persecution or for revenge or plunder.
a general slaughter, as of persons or animals: the massacre of millions during the war.
Informal. a crushing defeat, especially in sports.
verb (used with object), massacred, massacring.
to kill unnecessarily and indiscriminately, especially a large number of persons.
Informal. to defeat decisively, especially in sports.

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

massacrer [mas-uh-krer] , noun
unmassacred, adjective

1, 2. carnage, extermination, butchery, genocide. 4. slay. See slaughter. Unabridged
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massacre (ˈmæsəkə)
1.  the wanton or savage killing of large numbers of people, as in battle
2.  informal an overwhelming defeat, as in a game
3.  to kill indiscriminately or in large numbers
4.  informal to defeat overwhelmingly
[C16: from Old French, of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

1580s, from M.Fr. massacre "wholesale slaughter, carnage," from O.Fr. macacre, macecle "slaughterhouse, butchery," perhaps from L. macellum "provisions store, butcher shop." The noun is attested from 1580s. Related: Massacred.
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Example sentences
The past and present intersect as the pair unravel a 1923 massacre.
Valentine's Day massacre took place, two suspects are herded into a police van.
The B side entrance is a serious bottleneck and it's not uncommon to see a
  small massacre in that end of the hallway.
Years later, a town has sprung up on the site of the massacre.
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