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slain

[sleyn] /sleɪn/
verb
1.
past participle of slay.
Related forms
unslain, adjective

slay

[sley] /sleɪ/
verb (used with object), slew, slain, slaying.
1.
to kill by violence.
2.
to destroy; extinguish.
3.
sley.
4.
Informal. to impress strongly; overwhelm, especially by humor:
Your jokes slay me.
5.
Obsolete. to strike.
verb (used without object), slew, slain, slaying.
6.
to kill or murder.
noun
7.
sley.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English sleen, slayn, Old English slēan; cognate with Dutch slaan, German schlagen, Old Norse slā, Gothic slahan to strike, beat
Related forms
slayable, adjective
slayer, noun
unslayable, adjective
Synonyms
1. murder, slaughter, massacre, butcher, assassinate. 2. annihilate, ruin.
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Examples for slain
  • The public was shocked by the ambush, but there was a notable absence of outward sympathy for the three slain officers.
  • Instead of being slain for malevolence, give them the chance to change.
  • But every ounce of breeding plumes represented six dead adults, and each slain pair left behind three to five starving nestlings.
  • Despite this week's excitement, it would be premature to say he has slain the monster of corruption.
  • Gunslinger says they have not seen slain corpses for a couple of years, then this should be done.
  • Other times they bring up the slain civil rights leader.
  • It's unimportant, the paradigm has been slain by its own advocates.
  • Elephants by the tens of thousands are slain every few years.
  • Once again, humor is slain by a bunch of dolts taking it goo seriously.
  • The howl of pain from the slain lieutenant's father had toppled the chain of command.
British Dictionary definitions for slain

slain

/sleɪn/
verb
1.
the past participle of slay

slay

/sleɪ/
verb (transitive) slays, slaying, slew, slain
1.
(archaic or literary) to kill, esp violently
2.
(slang) to impress (someone) sexually
3.
(obsolete) to strike
Derived Forms
slayer, noun
Word Origin
Old English slēan; related to Old Norse slā, Gothic, Old High German slahan to strike, Old Irish slacaim I beat
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Word Origin and History for slain
slay
O.E. slean "to smite," also "to kill with a weapon" (class VI strong verb; past tense sloh, slog, pp. slagen), from P.Gmc. *slakhanan, from base *slog- "to hit" (cf. O.N., O.Fris. sla, Dan. slaa, M.Du. slaen, Du. slaan, O.H.G. slahan, Ger. schlagen, Goth. slahan "to strike"), from PIE base from base *slak- "to strike" (cf. M.Ir. pp. slactha "struck," slacc "sword"). Modern Ger. cognate schlagen maintains the original sense of "to strike." Meaning "overwhelm with delight" (1340) preserves some of the wider rangeof meanings that the word once had, including also "to strike a spark" (O.E.).
slain
early 13c., from O.E. (ge)slegen, pp. of slean (see slay). The noun meaning "Those who have been slain" is attested from mid-14c.
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Slang definitions & phrases for slain

slay

verb

To impress someone powerfully, esp to provoke violent and often derisive laughter: Pardon me, this will slay you/ The boys who slay me are the ones who have set pieces to recite when they answer the phone (1593+)


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