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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 mas·sa·cre /ˈmæsɪkɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mas·sa·cre n.
 1. The killing of a considerable number of human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty, or contrary to the usages of civilized people; as, the massacre on St. Bartholomew's Day; the St. Valentine's Day massacre; the Amritsar massacre; the Wounded Knee massacre.
 2. Murder. [Obs.]
 Syn: -- Massacre, Butchery, Carnage.
 Usage: Massacre denotes the promiscuous slaughter of many who can not make resistance, or much resistance. Butchery refers to cold-blooded cruelty in the killing of men as if they were brute beasts. Carnage points to slaughter as producing the heaped-up bodies of the slain.
 I'll find a day to massacre them all,
 And raze their faction and their family.   --Shak.
 If thou delight to view thy heinous deeds,
 Brhold this pattern of thy butcheries.   --Shak.
 Such a scent I draw
 Of carnage, prey innumerable!   --Milton.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mas·sa·cre, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Massacred p. pr. & vb. n. Massacring ]  To kill in considerable numbers where much resistance can not be made; to kill with indiscriminate violence, without necessity, and contrary to the usages of nations; to butcher; to slaughter; -- limited to the killing of human beings.
    If James should be pleased to massacre them all, as Maximian had massacred the Theban legion.   --Macaulay.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the savage and excessive killing of many people [syn: slaughter,
           mass murder, carnage, butchery]
      v : kill a large number of people indiscriminately; "The Hutus
          massacred the Tutsis in Rwanda" [syn: slaughter, mow