Put humanitarian concerns—for example, that we should step in to stop the slaughter of innocents—completely to the side.
Never mind the slaughter of innocents—this crew loves each other to pieces, bodies of dead children be damned.
A few weeks later the monks laid siege to a Muslim-owned abattoir in Colombo to halt the slaughter of cattle.
slaughter, in a serious black pantsuit and silver heels, emphasized a mantra.
They rely on the doctrine of takfir to justify the slaughter of women and children, the elderly, and the ill.
If the injury be extensive, the best thing the farmer can do is to slaughter the animal.
Such a slaughter of prices as then occurred was, perhaps, without precedent.
slaughter further surmised, from personal observations, that the northern tribes would remain loyal to the United States.
He did not contemplate a general insurrection and slaughter.
It was impossible to guard the prisoners while repelling the attack, and a slaughter of them had begun, when the enemy withdrew.
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."
1530s, "butcher an animal for market," from slaughter (n.). Meaning "slay wantonly, ruthlessly, or in great numbers" is from 1580s. Related: Slaughtered; slaughtering.