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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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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 un massacred
massacre
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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