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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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  • The public was shocked by the ambush, but there was a notable absence of outward sympathy for the three slain officers.
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  • 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
adj.

early 13c., from Old English (ge)slegen, past participle of slean (see slay (v.)). The noun meaning "those who have been slain" is attested from mid-14c.

slay

v.

Old English slean "to smite, strike, beat," also "to kill with a weapon, slaughter" (class VI strong verb; past tense sloh, slog, past participle slagen), from Proto-Germanic *slahan, from root *slog- "to hit" (cf. Old Norse and Old Frisian sla, Danish slaa, Middle Dutch slaen, Dutch slaan, Old High German slahan, German schlagen, Gothic slahan "to strike"). The Germanic words are from PIE root *slak- "to strike" (cf. Middle Irish past participle slactha "struck," slacc "sword").

Modern German cognate schlagen maintains the original sense of "to strike." Meaning "overwhelm with delight" (mid-14c.) preserves one of the wide range of meanings the word once had, including, in Old English, "stamp (coins); forge (weapons); throw, cast; pitch (a tent), to sting (of a snake); to dash, rush, come quickly; play (the harp); gain by conquest."

n.

"instrument on a weaver's loom to beat up the weft," Old English slæ, slea, slahae, from root meaning "strike" (see slay (v.)), so called from "striking" the web together. Hence the surname Slaymaker "maker of slays."

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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+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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