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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Butch·er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Butchered p. pr. & vb. n. Butchering.]
 1. To kill or slaughter (animals) for food, or for market; as, to butcher hogs.
 2. To murder, or kill, especially in an unusually bloody or barbarous manner.
    [Ithocles] was murdered, rather butchered.   --Ford.