butch·ery /ˈbʊʧri, ˈbʊʧə-/
1. The business of a butcher. [Obs.]
2. Murder or manslaughter, esp. when committed with unusual barbarity; great or cruel slaughter.
The perpetration of human butchery. --Prescott.
3. A slaughterhouse; the shambles; a place where blood is shed. [Obs.]
Like as an ox is hanged in the butchery. --Fabyan.
Syn: -- Murder; slaughter; carnage. See Massacre.
n 1: a building where animals are butchered [syn: abattoir, shambles,
2: the business of a butcher [syn: butchering]
3: the savage and excessive killing of many people [syn: slaughter,
massacre, mass murder, carnage]